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2nd Test: South Africa leave England with record total to chase

first_imgSouth Africa set England an almost insurmountable 474 to win the second test after declaring its second innings on 343-9 on Sunday.England saw out four testing overs before stumps to be 1-0, but has two full days left to survive if it is to save the match and preserve its 1-0 lead in the four-test series.Never mind that England would set a world record for the highest fourth-innings score to win a test, it also needs to make the biggest fourth-innings score ever at Trent Bridge.Only once, New Zealand in 1973, has a team made over 400 in the final innings at Nottingham.South Africa’s big lead was built on second-innings half-centuries by opener Dean Elgar (80), Hashim Amla (87) and captain Faf du Plessis (63), who is on course to lead his team to a series-leveling victory on his return after missing the defeat at Lord’s for the birth of his first child.South Africa also had some fun at the back end of its second innings as the declaration approached in the late afternoon, with Vernon Philander (42) and Morne Morkel (17 not out) given license to swing at anything in a final hurrah.Morkel connected for three fours and Philander heaved Moeen Ali away for two big sixes off successive balls before falling caught and bowled to the spinner.Ali finished with 4-78 to lead England’s bowling effort but the Day 3 pitch didn’t offer the same pronounced swing and seam movement for the quick bowlers as it did in the early stages of this test.advertisementInstead, there were signs late in the day of uneven bounce as the surface wears away.Elgar and Amla, continuing their partnership from Day 2, put on 135 for the first wicket in a stand that wasn’t flashy but ground down England’s bowlers and ensured South Africa held the upper hand from the start of the day onward.last_img read more

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I have to bat till 20 overs to avoid another collapse: Smriti Mandhana

first_imgThe repeated failure of India’s middle-order to rise to the occasion has prompted Indian vice-captain Smriti Mandhana to believe that she needs to “practically bat for 18 to 20 overs” in order to keep the team in hunt during stiff chases.Mandhana smashed a 58-run knock off 34 balls but the Indian women’s cricket team failed to make it count as they were dismissed for 136 all out while chasing a target of 160.”My wicket along with Jemimah’s turned out to be crucial. If you get out back-to-back in T20, it proves costly. When you are chasing 160 and the run-rate is above 7 or 8, next time we have to plan and play better. It didn’t work out today,” Mandhana said after the match.”Practically, I would say I have to bat till 20 overs, that is the best option. The more I bat till 18 overs, we won’t collapse because if the top three or 4 batters can bat till the 18-20th overs then rest can revolve around them, so tactically that is what I will try to do,” Mandhana said but it was also an indication that the current middle-order lacks finisher.VICTORY! The WHITE FERNS get home by 23 runs to go 1-0 up in the T20 series! You beauty!NZC LIVE CARD | https://t.co/cLlOMkjH1L #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/eORBTgQWg9 WHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) February 6, 2019Mandhana bettered her record of fastest fifty by an Indian en route to a 58-run knock off 34 balls.Asked if was her best, she responded: “You never know what your best is. I can’t limit myself to a 60 and say it is my best. If I can chase my total and if I win matches for India, then only it would be my best.”advertisementMandhana said though they conceded a few runs in the end, the team should have been able to chase the target.”We almost got our run-rate under 7, which was great but definitely we gave away 10-15 runs extra in the end while bowling. We had got (Suzie) Bates and (Sophie) Devine and we don’t want the middle order score but the wicket was good and batsmen should have chased the target,” she said.”The way we played the ODI series, even today we were cruising till 12th over but in T20 there is always a collapse. So next time we have to keep that in mind as a batting unit.”You have to select the areas. Today when we had got the run-rate under 7, I know it was a bad shot to play, because I had only got a boundary, so all these things we will be thinking as a unit.”Down 0-1 in the three-T20I series, Mandhana said the team will be under pressure.”Being 1-0 down, we will be under the pump, every one will be aiming to be better than what we were today and win the next two matches for India, that is what were are thinking and not what happened today.”Wind came into play at the WestPac Stadium and Mandhana said she kept that actor in mind while taking on-field decisions.”We were thinking of taking pacers and spinners from whichever way wind was going. According to the wind, we were thinking of bowling at the stumps or outside the stumps, even while batting we were having discussion but the wind was going in one direction or other,” she said. PTI ATK KHS KHSlast_img read more

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‘No one likes us’ is a millstone for Millwall and those who do care

first_imgShare on Messenger Millwall v Brighton: match preview Share via Email Share on Twitter To return to the original point, the problem for Millwall is that it is never going to be easy to shift their reputation. No ground has been closed down more times because of crowd trouble (the first time, in 1920, because the Newport goalkeeper had been pelted with missiles and, according to one report from the time, “flattened” by a “useful right hook”). The chanting against Everton is the subject of a Football Association disciplinary case and, if the Championship team can overcome Brighton on Sunday, perhaps you might remember the last time they reached an FA Cup semi-final, against Wigan Athletic in 2013, when all their hard work was undermined by the pictures from Wembley of dozens of fans brawling with one another.Millwall’s press department subsequently informed journalists that the club would accept the blame only “if” it was proven to be their fans. When the FA put together a statement condemning the violence, liaising with Millwall as a courtesy, the club took offence at the passage saying it was “Millwall supporters” and insisted that part was removed. The relevant line was changed to refer to trouble “in the Millwall end”. And in the following days Millwall kept up this drip-drip process of trying to shift the blame on to others. “There were people in there from both teams,” the chairman, John Berylson, claimed. Ayse Smith, of the supporters’ club committee, suggested rival fans must have had tickets for the Millwall end.Mick McCarthy tells a rather amusing story about bumping into an old friend during the early 1990s, informing him that he was now the player-manager of Millwall, and the instinctive reaction of his friend’s wife being: “How embarrassing!” The same two words could be used to describe how the club tried to rewrite the story of what happened at Wembley that day and one of those occasions when it became clear that an element of Millwall’s following were going to live up to the words of their most famous song.No one likes them, they don’t care. It’s not quite that black and white – but it will probably always be that way for as long as the relevant people, to quote that old Panorama documentary, go by the belief that “the glory comes not from the team but from the reputation of its supporters”. FA Cup Millwall If all this sounds slightly lopsided, it is not to ignore the work of the Millwall Community Trust, the number of events that are put on every day at the Lions Centre and the fact that a new generation of supporters will be more familiar with Zampa the Lion, the club’s mascot, rather than Harry the Dog, leader of F-Troop, Millwall’s old hooligan firm, as featured in a 1977 Panorama documentary.In Mel’s cafe on Ilderton Road the posters on the wall declare “Lions have Pride not Prejudice”. Millwall have positive links with groups such as Show Racism the Red Card and have embraced local projects such as the Save Lewisham hospital campaign. There are plenty of people connected to the club who will argue there is more good than bad, that the media need to change the tune and that a lot has changed since the days when BBC Radio 5 had an advertising poster for “Earthquakes, Wars and Millwall reports as they happen”. And, to a degree, it is true. Millwall are not always the sap in football’s family tree. It is just difficult sometimes to accept this sugarcoated version of events when there is also mobile‑phone footage from that Everton game of the home supporters in the Dockers stand singing: “I would rather be a Paki than a scouse.”Millwall’s chief executive, Steve Kavanagh, subsequently talked about the club being damaged by 30 to 40 people. It looks and sounds like more. “This isn’t just a Millwall thing,” Kavanagh said. “This happens across society … we can’t be responsible for educating the whole of south-east London.” Maybe, but it is difficult to imagine the same happening at, say, Charlton or Crystal Palace and Kavanagh was pushing his luck when he said it would be untrue to say this kind of chant had not been heard at other football grounds this season. A simple call to Kick It Out confirms there have been absolutely no reports of anything similar happening elsewhere. Millwall’s Jake Cooper: ‘A sold-out Den is special … it’s so intimidating’ The difficult truth for Millwall is that racism has been an issue at the Den more times than the club would probably wish to remember. In the interest of balance, they were also the first club to form an anti-racist committee and one of the first to include what would now be known as BAME players (Hussein Hegazi, of Egyptian descent, being their first in 1912). They are also far from the only set of supporters with a prodigious history of trouble. Yet the relevant people may have to forgive me for not being entirely convinced when Rod Liddle, of all people, once appeared to be the go-to guy for arguing that people should get off Millwall’s backs.It turned out Liddle also went by the pseudonym of Monkeymfc on a messageboard, Millwall Online, where he posted, allegedly, derogatory comments about Somalis, made jokes about Auschwitz and called for the axing of black-only organisations (“Fuck them, close them down. Why do blacks need a forum of their own?”). Liddle initially claimed in the Mail on Sunday he must have been hacked, then admitted posting most of the comments, but denied being responsible for one that suggested black people were less intelligent than white people or Asians. “All of these things are twisted out of context to make me look like a cunt. I may be a cunt but I’m not a racist cunt,” he said. Of course not. It certainly hasn’t been easy for Millwall to change the way people regard the club’s role in English football. It is a reputation formed over decades and it hasn’t been dampened recently by the video footage of that Everton fan being slashed across the face, all the way from his temple to the corner of his mouth, before their FA Cup tie in January. Even the more determined football hooligans, by and large, operate to some kind of code. What this incident told us was that Millwall’s seemed to be different to the rest, nastier, and did not go by normal rules. It feeds the stereotype. It hardens the image and that, in turn, makes it even more difficult to present any kind of defence on the club’s behalf. Unless, that is, you want to risk sounding in denial.It is a curious paradox, though, when there is another argument that Millwall, approached one way, might actually be one of the safer grounds to visit in London and certainly a great deal less stressful than the days, for example, when Arsenal’s Gooner fanzine described the experience of getting in and out of Cold Blow Lane “like being on manoeuvres in some enemy-infested outpost of Vietnam”.Walk out of South Bermondsey station these days and there is a specially created turning directly outside to funnel away supporters on their own route to the new(ish) Den. On non-match days this route is just a normal pathway, favoured by dog-walkers and joggers, with the trains from London Bridge rattling by and the Shard visible in the distance. When Millwall are at home, however, it has another use entirely. The path runs parallel to the train lines and is designed strategically to keep its users away from the streets surrounding the ground. It is surrounded by a 6ft-high metal fence, as well as a series of bolted gates to prevent anyone coming the other way, and it weaves along this back route for a few hundred yards before eventually coming out directly by the away end. Facebook Read more In football, it has always been easier to get a bad reputation than to lose one. Therefore, I can probably guess the common answer, now they stand within one FA Cup victory of reaching Wembley, if this question is put to your ordinary football fan: what immediately comes to mind when you hear Millwall’s name?Unfortunately for all those who have tried to change the perception of Millwall over the years, I doubt very much that most people would reply by pointing out they were the Football League’s family club of the year in 2017 or that Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has recently acclaimed their community work.Garry Robson, the author and sociologist, sums it up in his book No One Likes Us, We Don’t Care. “It [Millwall] has become a byword for, amongst other things, violent mob thuggery, unreconstructed masculinity, dark and impenetrable urban culture and working-class ‘fascism’,” he writes. “The archetypal status of the Millwall fan is a vexed and complex one in which myth and reality have perhaps become so closely intertwined that even some of those most closely involved are unsure as to where the one might end and the other begin. It is a story of violence and mayhem both real and apocryphal, of particular and localised patterns of masculine culture and of the ways in which popular representation of that culture meet with subcultural self‑definition in dialectics of identity.” Or, to put it another way, it can be a bit rum down there. Reuse this content Read morecenter_img Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Police condemn ‘shocking’ FA Cup violence of Millwall and Everton fans Share on Pinterest Millwall celebrate during their FA Cup fourth-round win over Everton. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters Read more Share on LinkedIn Twitter It works a treat if the idea, plainly, is to keep one set of supporters away from the other. But then you stop to think about it properly and what it says about Millwall that this kind of system is even necessary. I mean, where else in English football is it necessary to segregate everyone outside the ground as well as inside?The route, incidentally, is known locally as “Cowards’ Way” and, on the last occasion I walked it, it was also a reminder about how far Millwall’s reputation stretches. The clues could be found on the stickers – Hooligans Magdeburg, Valenciennes Dragons, Südkurve München, Venezia, Auxerre, Torpedo Moscow on Tour – that have been left as calling cards on the various lampposts. Millwall’s notoriety appears to have made this patch of SE16 a tourist attraction. A potential scalp, too, for a certain kind of supporter. Unless you believe the mob of Everton that headed for Surrey Quays – or Surrey Docks, as it used to be known, before that little swathe of Rotherhithe was renamed by property developers – merely wanted to introduce themselves to the locals for a discussion about house prices. 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Kovac laments Lewandowski offside call

first_imgNiko Kovac felt Bayern Munich were hard done by in their 3-1 defeat at Bayern Leverkusen as his side lost further ground on leaders Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga title race.Leon Goretzka gave Bayern a half-time lead, but goals after the interval from Leon Bailey, Kevin Volland and substitute Lucas Alario means the champions were unable to capitalise on rivals Dortmund being held to a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.Speaking to Sky after the match, Kovac was left to lament a VAR offside call going against Robert Lewandowski when the striker thought he had doubled Bayern’s advantage during first-half stoppage time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “The result does not show what was happened on the field,” Kovac said. “We played well in the first half and the decisive scene against us was certainly the offside decision [for] 2-0.”[If that goal stood] we would not have to lose this match. In my opinion, a draw would have been a fair result. Leverkusen shot four times and scored three goals.”The call against Lewandowski was marginal, while a similarly tight decision fell in Leverkusen’s favour when replays of the build-up to Alario’s 87th-minute goal were reviewed.”It’s difficult. If we make the 2-0, there’s nothing else happening,” Kovac added. “Things ran against us with the referee’s decisions.”The only positive is that Dortmund did not score three points, so not much has changed, even though seven points are a lot.”Dortmund had their former boss Peter Bosz to thank after Leverkusen produced a vibrant display.”I’m proud of this team,” he told reporters. “This was a very important win, also for our confidence, but it’s only three points.”We’re on a good path, but we still have a long way to go. We still need more points.”Maybe we didn’t play our best match but we still got the win. I think it was a great match for the fans. Both teams wanted to win and played attacking football.”last_img read more

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Love on the Ice

first_imgLooking for a cool way to romance your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Want to do something which gives the two of you quality time together and fresh fish for a romantic meal? Gear up and get out to one of the province’s waterways for a free fishing weekend. On Saturday, Feb. 14 and Sunday, Feb. 15, only, no licence is required for winter angling on waterways in 15 of the province’s counties. The winter sportfishing season opened Jan. 1 and closes March 31. “This is a terrific opportunity to get active outdoors and take advantage of a free fishing weekend,” said Ron Chisholm, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Winter angling offers a unique outdoor experience, however, I encourage all anglers to use caution during the winter sportfishing weekend, whether they are fishing from shore, in boats or through the ice.” Gear is simple, inexpensive and easy to find, and is available at any store with fishing supplies. Anglers are encouraged to bring along a thermos of something hot and a blanket to share, and do not forget your camera for lasting memories of a romantic day outdoors. “Although winter sportfishing may not have been first on your list for a romantic getaway, it is sure to provide a unique and enjoyable experience for you and your sweetheart,” says Mark Hamilton, sportfishing development officer. “Quality time, fresh fish, and a great day outdoors await you this Valentine’s weekend.” For more information, visit the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture website at www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing/angling/winterangling.shtmllast_img read more

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Exomoons may be home to alien life says study

first_imgLondon: Moons orbiting planets outside our solar system may contain liquid water necessary for extra-terrestrial life, according to a study. Exoplanets are planets outside our solar system and nearly 4,000 have been discovered till now, said researchers at the University of Lincoln in the UK. Only a small proportion of these are likely to be able to sustain life, existing in what is known as the habitable zone. However, some planets, especially large gas giants, may harbour moons which contain liquid water. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”These moons can be internally heated by the gravitational pull of the planet they orbit, which can lead to them having liquid water well outside the normal narrow habitable zone for planets that we are currently trying to find Earth-like planets in,” said Phil J Sutton from the University of Lincoln. “I believe that if we can find them, moons offer a more promising avenue to finding extra-terrestrial life,” Sutton said. The study, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, looked at the possibility of moons orbiting the exoplanet J1407b, analysing whether they may have caused gaps in the planet’s ring system. Because of their size and distance from Earth, exomoons are very difficult to detect. Scientists have to locate them by looking for the effect they have on objects around them, such as planetary rings. Sutton ran computer simulations to model the rings around J1407b, which are 200 times larger than those around Saturn. Gravitational forces between all particles were calculated and used to update the positions, velocities and accelerations in the computer models of the planet and its ring system.last_img read more

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DDCA appoints Wassan as chairman of senior selection committee

first_imgNew Delhi: Former India fast bowler Atul Wassan was on Wednesday appointed as the chairman of the senior selection committee of the DDCA for the 2019-20 season. The other two members of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) panel are Anil Bharadwaj and Vineet Jain. The DDCA also formed a three-member junior selection committee which will be headed by Mayank Tehlan and has Chetan Sharma and Pradeep Chawla as members. The junior selection committee will keep an eye on U-19, U-16 and U-14 age group boys.last_img read more

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What the FCC rollback of net neutrality means to you

first_imgNow that the federal government has rolled back the internet protections it put in place two years ago, the big question is: What does the repeal of “net neutrality’ rules mean to you?In the short term, the answer is simple: Not much. But over time, your ability to watch what you want to watch online and to use the apps that you prefer could start to change.Your mobile carrier, for instance, might start offering you terrific deals for signing up to its own video service, just as your YouTube app starts suffering unexpected connection errors. Or you could wake one day to learn that your broadband provider is having a tiff with Amazon, and has slowed down its shopping site in order to extract business concessions.All of which would be perfectly legal under the new deregulatory regime approved Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission, so long as the companies post their policies online. Broadband providers insist they won’t do anything that harms the “internet experience” for consumers.WHAT HAPPENEDOn Thursday, the FCC repealed Obama-era “net neutrality” rules, junking the longtime principle that all web traffic must be treated equally. The move represents a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight.The big telecommunications companies had lobbied hard to overturn the rules, contending they are heavy-handed and discourage investment in broadband networks.“What is the FCC doing today?” asked FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican. “Quite simply, we are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the internet for most of its existence.”Under the new rules approved Thursday, companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T would be free to slow down or block access to services they don’t like. They could also charge higher fees to rivals and make them pay up for higher transmission speeds, or set up “fast lanes” for their preferred services — in turn, relegating everyone else to “slow lanes.”Those possibilities have stirred fears among consumer advocates, Democrats, many web companies and ordinary Americans afraid that the cable and phone giants will be able to control what people see and do online.WHAT HAPPENS NEXTIn the near term, experts believe that providers will stay on their best behaviour. In part, that’s because inevitable legal challenges to the FCC’s action will keep the spotlight on them.Public-interest groups such as Free Press and Public Knowledge have said they’ll be involved in litigation against Pai’s rules. New York’s attorney general vowed to lead a multistate lawsuit; the attorneys general of Massachusetts and Washington state also announced plans to sue.“The fact that Chairman Pai went through with this, a policy that is so unpopular, is somewhat shocking,” said Mark Stanley, a spokesman for the civil liberties organization Demand Progress. “Unfortunately, not surprising.”Rep. Mike Doyle, a Pennsylvania Democrat, said he would introduce legislation to overturn the FCC’s action , restoring the previous net-neutrality rules. That move, however, could face tough opposition, given that Republicans control both houses of Congress.ONCE THE KLIEG LIGHTS FADEThings could be different assuming the rules survive legal and congressional challenges.AT&T senior executive vice-president Bob Quinn said in a blog post that the internet “will continue to work tomorrow just as it always has.” Like other broadband providers, AT&T said it won’t block websites and won’t throttle or degrade online traffic based on content.But such things have happened before. The Associated Press in 2007 found Comcast was blocking some file-sharing services. AT&T blocked Skype and other internet calling services — which competed with its voice-call business — from the iPhone until 2009.Thursday’s rule change also eliminates certain federal consumer protections, bars state laws that contradict the FCC’s approach, and largely transfers oversight of internet service to another agency with relatively little experience in telecommunications policy, the Federal Trade Commission.Angelo Zino, an analyst at CFRA Research, said he expects AT&T and Verizon to be the biggest beneficiaries because the two internet giants can now give priority to the movies, TV shows and other videos or music they provide to viewers. That could hurt rivals such as Sling TV, Amazon, YouTube or startups yet to be born.last_img read more

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MR feels Tamils overseas not investing enough in North East

Rajapaksa says the city of Colombo where the majority of the population does not belong to the majority community in the country is an example to the entire world of the co-existence of religions and ethnic groups.“In Sri Lanka Hinduism also finds acceptance within the fold of popular Buddhism. Every Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka features shrines to certain Hindu Gods particularly Lord Vishnu who is seen as one of the guardian deities of Sri Lanka,” he said. He says the majority of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka permanently live outside the north and east, among the Sinhala people and the tolerance and the peaceful nature of Buddhism gives the nation this strength.Rajapaksa also noted that the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has gone on record opposing any move to deprive Buddhism of the foremost place accorded by the constitution and to turn Sri Lanka into a secular state.He says apart from being the religion of the vast majority of the population, the ethos of Buddhism also keeps the country together by providing all other religious faiths an environment of tolerance and coexistence. (Colombo Gazette) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says Tamils overseas are not investing enough in the North and East of the country.Speaking at an international Buddhist conference in India, Rajapaksa said that many high rise residential buildings have come up in Colombo in the past two decades. “Even after the war, the Tamil people resident overseas have not invested in the North and East to the extent they have in Colombo. I see this as a case of voting with one’s feet. The condominiums in Colombo are not cheap. Property values in Colombo are almost the same as in some Western capitals and nobody would invest large sums of money in Colombo if they thought it was not possible to live among the majority Sinhala Buddhist population,” Rajapaksa noted in his speech. He says the condominium boom in Colombo was in fact started by Tamil people resident overseas, who spent enormous sums of money buying up flats in Colombo even at the height of the war that was waged to carve out an independent Tamil state in the North and East. read more

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What You Need to Know about Cat 6A Cable

cabling.jpg Cat 5 specifies four-pair cable consisting of twisted-pair conductors used mainly for digital transmission. Cat 5 cable is typically deployed for full-duplex Ethernet networks running at 10 or 100 Mbps. See All in Enterprise Networking » If you’re looking to the future, Cat 6A will deliver the best performance at the full distance. If, however, you have no cable length requirements over 120 to 150 feet, then Cat 6 will support 10 Gbps.Tags:News & ViewsCat 6AWi-Fi 6Enterprise NetworkingNews & Views Articles You Might Like ‘Snowflake’ Networks: Putting a Freeze on Automation Terry Slattery June 26, 2019 Snowflake networks may sound as pretty as a new snowfall, but they create real challenges for automation. Wired vs. Wireless: A Closer Look J.R. Simmons September 18, 2019 As enterprises configure their networks to meet the demands of a connected workforce, the debate over wired vs. wireless network has come into focus. Cat 6 has a tighter twist in the cables, which supports two-way communication on each pair of wires. Cat 5e doesn’t support this feature. Cat 5e and Cat 6 support 1-Gbps networks. Cat 5e may have a longer delay, which makes it seem that it’s running more slowly. Especially as they build up their Internet of Things environments, businesses will need three things in the near future: greater LAN speeds, higher power levels for PoE ports, and more connections. Greater speed and higher PoE means new cabling technology — enter Category 6A twisted-pair copper cabling. Knowing the Difference in Cabling StandardsCat 3 cable, also known as voice-grade, or VG (as in 100BaseVG), is an unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cable used to connect legacy telephones. It’s one of the copper cabling standards defined and specified jointly by the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and published in TIA/EIA-568-B. Cat 3 can reliably support data rates up to 10 Mbps for Ethernet connections. Businesses can expect Cat 6A cabling to cost at least about 20% more to implement than Cat 6, but when you consider the growth in devices powered by PoE and in the number of wireless users, it’s more difficult than ever to make a case for implementing anything lower than Cat 6A. Not selecting Cat 6A could put businesses at risk of needing to replace Cat 5e and Cat 6 cabling in order to support 802.11ax APs. 5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Extreme Networks Zeus Kerravala May 17, 2019 The company, whose existence was being questioned just a few years ago, has risen from the proverbial ashes. Introduction to 802.1axIEEE 802.11ax, marketed as Wi-Fi 6 by the Wi-Fi Alliance, is one of the two Wi-Fi specifications standards of IEEE 802.11. The other is 802.11ay, which has more problems penetrating surfaces like walls than does the ax version (see related No Jitter post, “Cisco Goes Big with Wi-Fi 6.” Cat 5E cable is designed to support full-duplex Fast Ethernet (100 Mbps) operation, as well as Gigabit Ethernet. In addition, Cat 5e has stricter specifications for crosstalk, attenuation, and return loss than Cat 5. Here Comes Cat 6ATo reduce crosstalk, Cat 6A has additional and tighter twists and insulation than previous versions. Cat 6A is backwards-compatible with Cat 6 and Cat 5E; the speeds are limited, and will perform to the lowest-category cable or connector installed in the link. Cat 6A is the cabling expected to support the new Wi-Fi 6 APs. 802.11ax access points (APs) are designed to operate in all-band spectrums between 1 and 7 GHz, when they become available, in addition to the existing 2.4- and 5-GHz bands. Device vendors have demonstrated a top speed of 11 Gbps. Throughput speeds are four times higher than they are for IEEE 802.11ac, even though the nominal data rate is about 37% faster at most with latency down 75%. Connecting the new APs will require higher-speed cabling (10 Gbps) and new LAN switches. 8 Disruptive Forces Reshaping Networking Sorell Slaymaker September 05, 2019 Change is in the air, and not all long-held assumptions will prove valid. Cat 6 cable provides higher performance than Cat 5e and features more stringent specifications for crosstalk and system noise. To transmit complying with Cat 6 specifications, jacks, patch cables, patch panels, cross-connects, and cabling must all meet Cat 6 standards. For example, if connectors in use comply with Cat 5e but not Cat 6 specs, then the Cat 6 cable can’t operate at 1 Gbps. The Changing Face of Network Strategy Scott Murphy June 19, 2019 Applications are changing the face of the network. Is your infrastructure ready? Cat 6A uses 16- to 20-gauge wires. Thicker wire translates onto higher PoE. Cat 6A cable is considerably thicker then Cat 6, which in turn is thicker than Cat 5. Cabling space may limit the number of cables that can be run in a conduit. Cat 6A supports 10 Gbps for the full distance of Ethernet (328 feet). Cat 6A also reduces the crosstalk among the wire pairs, which reduces the cable delay. You’ll have to verify if the Cat 6A cable can support PoE standard 802.3bt with power delivery of 60 and 100 watts. Selecting Cat X CableThe 10-Gbps network on Cat 6 cables is limited to 164 feet, including patch cables. Beyond this distance, the speed is the same as Cat 5e or 1 Gbps. The Cat 6 cable primarily uses 23-gauge wires, and sometimes Cat 6 may have a plastic piece in the middle of the cable that splits the pairs apart, making the cable thicker. The purpose of this design it to limit crosstalk. Log in or register to post comments read more

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New report signals significant progress towards malaria elimination – UN health agency

According to the World Malaria Report 2015, released today, more than half (57) of the 106 countries with malaria in 2000 had achieved reductions in new malaria cases of at least 75 per cent by 2015. In that same time frame, 18 countries reduced their malaria cases by 50-75 per cent.“Since the start of this century, investments in malaria prevention and treatment have averted over 6 million deaths,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan. “We know what works. The challenge now is to do even more.”An estimated 663 million cases of malaria have been averted in sub-Saharan Africa since 2001 as a direct result of the scale-up of three key malaria control interventions: insecticide-treated mosquito nets, indoor residual spraying and artemisinin-based combination therapy, the report said.The new estimates from WHO also show that across sub-Saharan Africa, the prevention of new cases of malaria has resulted in major cost savings for endemic countries.New estimates presented in the report show that reductions in malaria cases attributable to malaria control activities saved an estimated $900 million in case management costs in the region between 2001 and 2014.And for the first time since WHO began keeping score, the European Region is reporting zero indigenous cases of malaria.In 2014, 16 countries reported zero indigenous cases of malaria: Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Costa Rica, Iraq, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Oman, Paraguay, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.Despite the progress, there is “still a long road” towards elimination, the report said.“Globally, about 3.2 billion people – nearly half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria,” WHO said. “In 2015, there were estimated 214 million new cases of malaria, and approximately 438,000 deaths.”The report said 15 countries, mainly in Africa, account for most global malaria cases (80 per cent) and deaths (78 per cent) with two countries, Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), accounting for more than 35 per cent of global malaria deaths in 2015.According to the report, these high burden countries have achieved slower-than-average declines in malaria incidence (32 per cent) compared to other countries globally (53 per cent). “In many of these countries, weak health systems continue to impede progress in malaria control,” the agency said.Approximately one third of people at risk of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa lived in households that lacked protection from mosquito nets or indoor residual spraying.WHO noted that the “progress has resulted, in large part, from the massive deployment of effective and low-cost malaria control interventions.”For example, since 2000, nearly 1 billion insecticide-treated mosquito nets have been distributed in sub-Saharan Africa, and by 2015, about 55 per cent of the population in this region was sleeping under mosquito nets, up from less than 2 per cent coverage in 2000.Rapid diagnostic tests have made it easier to swiftly distinguish between malarial and non-malarial fevers, enabling timely and appropriate treatment, the agency also note.But even as progress was being made WHO warned of “new challenges” on the horizon.“In many countries, progress is threatened by the rapid development and spread of mosquito resistance to insecticides,” said Dr. Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme. “Drug resistance could also jeopardize recent gains in malaria control.” read more

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South Korea leads developed nations in household debt UN expert warns

“I met with residents who are living in completely substandard housing and yet paying exorbitant rents,” said Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, at the end of a 10-day visit to the Republic of Korea.In a statement on Wednesday, she said that some were “forced to live in tiny spaces no more than 5 square metres, on short term leases and at the mercy of landlords’ arbitrary decisions to raise the rent”.While acknowledging the Government’s “massive effort” to improve housing conditions for the bulk of its population, she said she is “deeply concerned” by the continuation of “massive reconstruction projects” resulting in the destruction of neighbourhoods and displacement of individuals and families.She also expressed alarm at how urban areas have become unaffordable for young people and low-income households; although that is an observation which has been made frequently about expanding cities in other developed countries such as London, Tokyo and New York.Ms. Farha pointed out that the country’s current legal framework for urban redevelopment and reconstruction does not comply with internationally recognised human rights standards and continues to result in forced evictions.She said that South Korea, formally known as the Republic of Korea, now leads the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) list, in terms of household debt and “security of tenure is a real issue,” she added.“The shift from housing being treated as a commodity to housing being understood as a human right, is not yet complete”, she said, adding that “The Government should adopt a comprehensive human rights-based national action plan on housing”. read more

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The Cavs Thread The Needle With Kyrie Megadeal

No matter who you feel won Tuesday’s blockbuster Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade — the likes of which were unprecedented in NBA history — there is an irony worth considering in all this.After years of making win-now moves, the Cleveland Cavaliers began straddling the line between immediate contention and considering the future — a must, given Irving’s messy trade request last month and the threat of LeBron James’s pending free agency. In beginning to walk that tightrope, the Cavs effectively switched places with the Boston Celtics, who, until now, had been stingy with future assets, wanting to win the East while also playing the long game.At its core, this all-star point-guard swap was one of survival for the Cavs, even if it did net them a sizable haul. Irving made it known he wanted out, limiting any sort of leverage for the team. And Cleveland had to thread the needle here by not only getting a good, if not great, player to replace a chunk of Irving’s impact, but also landing something for the future in case James bolts next summer.Thomas, who averaged almost 29 points per game last season, and Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick clearly checked off those two boxes. But for all the similarities Irving and Thomas share — they’re both undersized, top-flight scorers who struggle on defense — the way they go about generating offense is a bit different. Thomas should be able to shoulder just as much ball-handling responsibility as Irving did. But he played in a free-flowing offense with the Celtics, who boasted the league’s second-best assist percentage. Boston utilized handoffs more than any NBA team — about seven a game, according to Synergy Sports Technology — seeking to take advantage of Thomas’s quickness off the dribble.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ithandoffblur.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.By contrast, James and the Cavs — 20th in assist percentage — used the second-fewest handoffs in the NBA, with fewer than three per night. Only 22 percent of Irving’s 2-pointers were assisted last year, which suggests that he’s a bit more more self-sufficient from close range than Thomas (34 percent) is.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/irvingisojazz.mp400:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/kyrieiso.mp400:0000:0000:16Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Picking up Ante Zizic and Jae Crowder, a solid wing player who can both defend and shoot, should be viewed as icing on the cake for the Cavaliers.1Even more reason for celebration if you’re Cavs owner Dan Gilbert? According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the team saved more than $29 million in luxury taxes Tuesday by trading Irving. Probably not championship-level icing, though.Yes, Crowder gives Cleveland an additional perimeter defender, something the club badly needed in last year’s finals against the Warriors. That’s paramount, since Golden State might be more difficult to guard than any team in league history, given all the weapons they boast, and the highly unusual way they use off-ball screens to spring shooters open. But for all the ability Thomas possesses as a scorer — including the disappearing acts he performs around the basket — he stands 6 inches shorter than Irving, and, thus, is even less capable than Irving of stopping anyone on defense. A troubling omen: The Warriors feasted on Thomas’s lack of defense the past three seasons, scoring 108.6 points per 100 plays against the Celtics with Thomas on the court. For context, they only managed 87.2 points per 100 plays against Boston with Thomas on the bench, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.2In 170 minutes on court and 69 minutes off court over those three seasons with Boston.Besides being a liability on one end of the floor, Thomas, a 28-year-old who figures to want a max contract next summer, is still slowly working through the hip injury that sidelined him for the final three games of the Eastern Conference finals last postseason. If he isn’t right physically, and can’t get there next season, that figures to leave James overburdened offensively in a year when the Cavs are hoping to leave a positive lasting impression ahead of their superstar’s foray into unrestricted free agency.Should the Cavaliers get out to a hot start amid these changes, they could opt to go all-in to take greater aim at the Warriors by dangling the Nets’ pick in hopes of landing a player like DeMarcus Cousins. That would carry an absolute ton of inherent risk, though, given James’s status.The safer choice, of course, would be to hold onto the pick in case James decides to walk. If and when that happened, Cleveland — in hopes of bottoming out and rebuilding through the draft — might decide it makes sense to let Thomas do the same as opposed to signing him to a rich, long-term contract.For the Celtics, who got the best player in this deal, the calculus is more clear-cut: They got a better, younger and taller version of what Thomas was, and one who’s under contract at a reasonable dollar figure for a longer time. (The Celtics — who traded stud defender Avery Bradley to shed salary for Gordon Hayward’s max deal — were already facing cap challenges. Trading for Irving eliminates the max-or-no-max decision on Thomas and gives the Celtics an extra year to take stock of where they are before Irving hits the market.)3ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that the Celtics are confident that Irving will stay in Boston long term.It’s fair to wonder whether Boston may have handed over a future No. 1 overall pick in this deal for Irving, though that seems a bit more unlikely this season, given that the Nets have a halfway respectable roster, albeit a young one.4D’Angelo Russell, Jeremy Lin, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll and Trevor Booker are on the roster, among others.But beyond the players who were dealt, the teams seemingly swapped their long-term outlooks. The Celtics have reached a new stage — one where they finally felt they were within striking distance of LeBron. Only time will tell whether the gamble works out in their favor. The Cavaliers, showing Celtic-like prudence, found a way to replace their disgruntled No. 2 star — while also building an escape hatch should they lose their biggest star. read more

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Stop Paying Attention To Johnny Manziel And All Preseason QB Battles

During this NFL preseason, the media spotlight has shined brightest on the quarterback competition in Cleveland between incumbent Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel. Although Browns coach Mike Pettine officially named Hoyer his starter Wednesday (a decision coming, not coincidentally, after Manziel made an obscene gesture toward the Washington Redskins’ bench during the Browns’ 24-23 loss Monday night), the attention paid to the rivalry — and to Manziel in general — has reached crazy levels.But why?Why are we acting like the Super Bowl is riding on the outcome of Hoyer vs. Manziel? This is, after all, a team Vegas has winning the fourth-fewest games in football. Manziel is a rookie whose bona fides are far from established; Hoyer has four career starts to his name and has been a significantly below-average passer when he has played over the past two seasons.Montana vs. Young this ain’t.But preseason quarterback controversies have long captivated football fans. Who could forget J.T. O’Sullivan and Alex Smith dueling in San Francisco for the 49ers job in 2008? Or Jon Kitna’s struggle with Gus Frerotte in 2002? Or even the Browns’ own 2003 skirmish between Kelly Holcomb and Tim Couch?If you’re sensing a trend, it’s that August QB controversies usually involve a pair of equally dismal options. And, no matter who wins, he tends to produce pretty uninspiring results come the regular season.Going back to 2000, I used LexisNexis to search news reports for variations of phrases such as “quarterback competition” or “QB controversy” during the summer months, when NFL teams open up training camp and play preseason games (aka prime time for hyped-up QB rivalries). I came across 88 cases of the media discussing a competition for an NFL starting quarterback role, from Kordell Stewart vs. Kent Graham (2000 Pittsburgh Steelers) to Terrelle Pryor vs. Matt Flynn (2013 Oakland Raiders).And indeed, teams featuring preseason QB competitions tended to be mediocre-to-bad clubs. Since 2000, they averaged a shade under seven wins during the subsequent regular season, with an average adjusted net yards per attempt index, or ANY/A+, of 92.3 (100 represents the overall NFL average, and the replacement level is somewhere between 90 and 91). Among those who ended up getting at least 100 attempts during the regular season, only 22 percent of the quarterbacks involved in these controversies were average or better by ANY/A+. As a rule, teams are dealing with pretty bad passers in these situations, no matter who “wins” the competition.What’s more, it doesn’t seem to matter which quarterback a coach picks as his No. 1 coming out of the preseason. Limiting our data to the 40 cases in which both of the combatants had at least 100 pass attempts (to give ourselves a reasonable sample upon which to judge the preseason decision), teams picked the QB with the higher eventual ANY/A+ only 51.3 percent of the time. And in fact, statistically, there was no significant difference in performance between the preseason-quarterback-competition winners and losers.This suggests that picking the right horse in a preseason QB derby practically comes down to a coin flip.Now, a potential concern in the methodology outlined above is that we could have biased our results toward evenness because of the playing-time criteria. (Barring injury, the odds are low that a clear-cut quarterback competition winner would end up sharing regular-season snaps with his backup.) But we can check our results against a control group of teams with a similar distribution of passing attempts (but no reported QB controversy). In the controversy group above, the average difference between the opening-day starter and his backup was -2.0 ANY/A+; in the non-controversy group, the difference was +3.2 ANY/A+.That’s not quite a statistically significant difference (p=0.08), but it’s close. So the biasing effect could still be masking the true difference between the groups. But to some extent, it does suggest the underappreciated (yet obvious) truth about QB controversies: There isn’t going to be much difference in performance, no matter which option a team goes with as its starter.And, as a corollary, it means we’ve probably spent entirely too much time worrying about which of two generally equivalent, below-average quarterbacks will get a chance to start for a bad team. read more

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Swastikas spraypainted in San Diego communities

first_imgSwastikas spray-painted in San Diego communities February 12, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Just this past week swastika symbols were found scattered in San Diego’s beach communities. One was engraved on the hood of family’s car in Bird Rock and another was sprayed on the street in front of a Pacific Beach home.KUSI’s Dani Ruberti sat down with Tammy Gillies with the Anti-Defamation League and she says this is more than just vandalism.“It’s not just targeting one person, but it’s meant to instill fear in an entire community and that’s what really brings it to a level of a hate crime vs just a vandalism” says Gillies.She says it happens in our community more than you think. She sees these hateful symbols defacing homes, cars and streets weekly.Gillies comments, “We would like to think in San Diego we’re immune to that, but this shows that we’re not and it should give all of us pause to think about our actions during the day and what we’re teaching our children about.”The ADL is still offering a three thousand dollar reward for information leading to an arrest after a swastika was painted on a Jewish family’s home in Poway back in December.“It’s about saying San Diego should be no place for hate. We need to be a community that comes together, whether its a hate incident towards the Jewish community, or towards any other community, we need to stand together and say we’re not going to tolerate this here” says Gillies. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: February 12, 2019 , last_img read more

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Family California man who was shot dead by police was sleeping in

first_imgThe investigation into the shooting is ongoing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. VALLEJO, Calif. (WSVN) — The family of a California man who was shot dead by police said he was asleep in his car moments before his death.According to Vallejo Police, officers received a call from Taco Bell employees regarding a man slumped over in the driver’s seat of a car at their drive-thru. Two officers responded to check on the driver and upon walking up to the car, they said they found an unresponsive man with a handgun on his lap.Investigators said the two officers decided not to wake the man and waited for additional officers to arrive on the scene.Once other officers got to the scene, they said they elected to have an officer try to open the door and quickly take the gun while another officer covered him, but that plan fell apart after officers discovered the door was locked. However, police said they noticed the car was in drive, so they positioned a marked patrol vehicle right in front of the car to prevent “forward or erratic movement” while they called for a patrol supervisor to respond to the scene.However, while officers were positioning the patrol unit, they said the driver suddenly began to move and saw the officers. Police said officers told the man several times to put his hands up, but he did not comply and “instead he quickly moved his hands downward for the firearm.”“Fearing for their safety, six officers fired their duty weapons at the driver,” investigators said in a statement. “Officers continued to yell commands at the driver and ultimately reached through the broken glass of the driver’s window to unlock the vehicle.”Police said they pulled the driver from the vehicle and began medical assistance, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. I got this picture from Willie’s cousin David (left) he said Willie was an aspiring rapper and was talented. Family wants more answers from the #Vallejo police department about the shooting. @KTVU pic.twitter.com/NTv6OlWiWm— Sara Zendehnam (@szendehnam) February 11, 2019The man has not been identified by officials, but 48-year-old David Harrison told the Los Angeles Times the victim was his cousin, 20-year-old Willie James McCoy.Harrison said his cousin was an aspiring rapper and actor.Harrison also said McCoy had been to a studio recording session earlier in the day before dropping off his girlfriend and going to get food at Taco Bell. Harrison believed McCoy was simply exhausted after a long day.“My little cousin was asleep in the car, and they shot him 20 [expletive] times,” Harrison said in a Facebook Live video.The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave. last_img read more

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Answering Complicated Questions With Simple Answers Tegan And Sara Recount Music Identity

first_imgThe sisters are now releasing a memoir titled High School that will recount the beginning of their music career, but also their upbringing, including their parents’ divorce, growing up during the ’90s rave and grunge culture and their experiences with their sexuality.The GRAMMY-nominated twin singer/songwriters and musicians from Calgary, Alberta, Canada have become not only one of the most successful and well-known duos in the indie pop scene—selling over one million records and releasing eight studio albums—but also icons in the LGBT community as both have been open about their queer identity.”How did you start your band? When did you know that you were gay? What were you like before Tegan and Sara? We have spent twenty years answering those complicated questions with simple answers,” said Tegan and Sara in statement. “Writing High School gives us the opportunity to tell the intricate stories that shaped our relationship as sisters, musicians, and queer girls.” Email The memoir will be written as alternating chapters from both Tegan and Sara’s perspectives and will cover love, drugs, music and friendship during the years that shaped them the most.The two artists began playing music during a time where indie artists didn’t have the internet as a platform to share. Post high school, Sara remembers not knowing music could be a career. She reminisced with the Recording Academy:”We were graduating in 1998, so this is very pre-internet, kind of days for us. I didn’t even really realize that there were bands, like indie rock bands or whatever, making a living, so it really only started to happen maybe when I was in my early 20s, maybe 23, 24, 25 that I started to think, ‘Oh my God, like, this is our career, like we’re actually doing this, we don’t have to go get another job now.’ So, we sorta fell into it and I don’t think there was as much pre-meditation as people have these days.”The book is scheduled to be released in Fall 2019. Their ninth studio album will begin to be recorded in 2019 also.Selena’s Life And Musical Journey Gets Scripted SeriesRead more Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Dec 11, 2018 – 4:14 pm “In my final years of high school, I recognized that there was a passion. Music was so interesting to us, the culture of music was very interesting to us,” Sara from Tegan and Sara told the Recording Academy in 2014 about a time way before they saw success as indie artists. “We just didn’t know anybody that made music for a living.” NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Mar 24, 2014 – 5:20 pm Tegan And Sara On Tiësto And Being Bi-Coastal “Answering Complicated Questions With Simple Answers”: Tegan And Sara Recount Music & Identity center_img Facebook Twitter Tegan And Sara Unpack Music & Identity answering-complicated-questions-simple-answers-tegan-and-sara-recount-music-identity News last_img read more

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Big Thorne Timber Sale Lawsuit Dismissed

first_imgDownload AudioThe Big Thorne Timber Sale lawsuit has been dismissed by a federal judge in Anchorage.Alaska U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline granted summary judgment on Friday in favor of the defendants, and rejected every argument brought forward by the plaintiffs.The lawsuit isn’t necessarily over, however. The plaintiffs could appeal the decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and seek an injunction pending the outcome. The lawsuit was filed last summer shortly after the U.S. Forest Service made a final decision to move forward with the timber sale on Prince of Wales Island.The proposed timber harvest would include about 6,000 acres of old-growth rainforest. Environmental organizations say that acreage is critical habitat for deer and wolf populations.The Forest Service is moving away from old-growth logging, but the switch to second-growth will take time.Federal officials and pro-logging groups say old-growth harvests will need to continue during that transition for mills to survive.In his decision today, Beistline ruled that the plaintiffs failed to show that the Forest Service didn’t follow proper procedure before making its final decision.last_img read more

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Women Are Changing the Face of the Once MaleDominated Funeral Industry

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaFor many, when there’s mention of singer Monica Brown, her hit songs like “The Boy is Mine,” and “Miss Thang,” might come to mind first.For others, her stellar acting career with small and big roles in “New York Undercover,” “Living Single,” and the 2018 reality television show “T.I. and Tiny Family and Friends Hustle,” also come to mind.But, it’s Brown’s other profession that – until recently – received little fanfare.Singer Monica Brown works as a mortician. (Courtesy MadameNoire)“When I’m there, I’m not ‘Monica the artist,’” Brown said on a recent broadcast of her reality show. “I’m a mortician.”The 38-year-old Grammy and Billboard Award winner is among a growing number of women who are beginning to overshadow the typical “man in the black suit” funeral director.“It’s far more than a job, it’s all-day, it’s emotional and it’s far more than you just go to work and come home and that’s it,” said Alyssa George, who just finished her internship on her way to becoming a funeral director.George works under Patricia Marchesani, the funeral director, owner and supervisor at McCausland, Garrity, Marchesani in Glenolden, Pennsylvania.She’s one of several in Delaware County.“I definitely think the profession is changing. It’s more female than it’s ever been, and I really can’t tell you why; maybe it’s because we didn’t have a way in earlier, but it seems like we’re doing a lot of good work now,” George said.(Woman in front of car) The number of women funeral directors are on the rise. (Courtesy btls.com)Funeral directors, also sometimes referred to as undertakers or morticians, help families plan funeral services. They then carry out those services, according to a job description on study.com.Most funeral directors are practicing embalmers, which means that they prepare and preserve the body before internment.Common duties of funeral directors include meeting with families, helping families plan services, embalming and preparing bodies, planning and organizing wakes and memorial services, placing obituary notices in newspapers and handling paperwork.To become a funeral director, individuals need to complete a 2- or 4-year program in mortuary science. Typical courses in such a program include physiology, anatomy, embalming techniques, pathology, restorative art, accounting and client services.All 50 states also require funeral directors to be licensed, which generally requires at least two years of education, one year of apprenticeship and a passing score on a state examination, according to study.com, which notes that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment to grow in that field by 7 percent through 2024.Because funeral directors, whose median income is $48,490 annually, interact with the families of the deceased, it’s important that they are compassionate and empathetic.“You have to be able to put yourself out there and understand that you have to put other people’s needs before your own,” George said. “It’s not to be taken lightly where you can just jump into the profession just because it might be a steady career or a good job because there’s so much more.“You have to understand your community and be a huge part of that community and you have to be giving by nature because that’s what you’re doing, giving.”In a published interview earlier this year, Jan Smith, a funeral director in Indianapolis and a spokeswoman with the National Funeral Directors Association, said she’s been in the business 20 years and recalled that there were just a few women then.“Today… more than 60 percent of students are female,” Smith said.“Women bring a level of compassion. For me to sit down with a mother who lost her child, I can connect on a different level than a man can, just being a mother myself,” she said.Elizabeth Fournier of Cornerstone Funeral Services in Boring, Oregon, has served as the one-woman funeral service in that town for 13 years although she started in the industry nearly 30 years ago.“When I first stepped into this industry, I was a 22-year old woman and no one else in the place resembled me. It was very uncommon to find a young woman in this profession as it was primarily men or sons of funeral home owners who followed in the footsteps of their father,” Fournier said.“As you are aware, this has changed throughout the years. Our local mortuary college had nearly every seat filled by a female student. And it is the females who are getting a hold of me to apprentice or to learn from a woman who has been in this industry since the old boy network,” she said.The reason for the shift is because of where we are as a culture, Fournier continued.“I happen to be in Oregon where the cremation rate is 80 percent. This means a woman doesn’t have to go to school to become an embalmer; she can just meet with families and stay in the funeral home,” she said.“Also, a lot of funeral homes are no longer the large homes owned and ran by families. The business has morphed into small lease-owned spots inside strip malls, as well as licensed funeral directors working out of their own homes because they can outsource most items needed. This also allows a lot of women to be involved because this industry is no longer a business handed down from fathers to sons.“It’s very rare to see that lineage in a funeral home any longer.”Further, Baby Boomers are gravitating away from traditional funerals, favoring cremations and celebrations of life, said Alison Johnston, the CEO and co-founder of Ever Loved, a website where individuals can plan funerals and memorials.“This shifts the role of the funeral directors away from body preparation tasks, like embalming, and more toward event planning and family support, two areas that women have traditionally gravitated toward,” Johnston said.Women are also finding themselves drawn to this world as something that may at first seem natural to them, and finding that there is now space for them to get into it, said Amber Carvaly of Undertaking L.A., a funeral home in Los Angeles.“They have taken care of children or parents and see funeral directing as something they may be good at because of their past experience. However, after running my own business I can tell you that the women that succeed do so because they are marvelous women of determination and are healthy whole humans with good boundaries and the ability to not take grief personally,” Carvaly said.Finally, Funeral Celebrant Pam Vetter said the days of expensive cookie cutter rent-a-minister and insert-a-name funeral services are hopefully nearly over as families are demanding more personal, caring service from funeral homes.“If funeral homes want to stay in business, they’ve realized that they need to diversify their staff. They’ve also realized that they’ve needed to diversify funeral service offerings by making the experience of saying farewell to a loved one both personal and honorable,” Vetter said.Spending time with a family, listening to stories, playing favorite music, and adding an overall personal theme that connects to the deceased makes all the difference in the world to grieving families, she said.“Families will remember a funeral service for decades to come because you never forget the day you say goodbye. The funeral service needs to be memorable and part of that effort is connecting with your families. That need is being met by bringing in and training a more diverse staff.”last_img read more

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Elon Musk is building a kidsize submarine to rescue Thai kids

first_imgElon Musk is coming to the rescue.The tech leader, along with SpaceX and Boring Company engineers, have been working with cave experts in Thailand to rescue the boys’ soccer team of 12 that’s been stuck in a cave system since June 23.On Saturday, Musk tweeted an updated rescue plan, which essentially involves constructing “a tiny, kid-size submarine” that he plans to fly to Thailand.Musk began his Saturday updates by discussing an “escape pod design” and “an inflatable tube with airlocks.” But as the day progressed, he settled on the idea of a mini-submarine. Musk was sure to share his admiration for the brave kids trapped in the cave and the team of divers that’s been working to rescue them and provide them with oxygen over the past few days. In another tweet Musk went on to describe more of the submarine’s features, which include four handles on the front and rear and several air tank connections. “Primary path is basically a tiny, kid-size submarine using the liquid oxygen transfer tube of Falcon rocket as hull,” Musk tweeted. He claims that two divers will be able to carry the creation, and its size will allow it to fit through narrow gaps to navigate the cave system. Got more great feedback from Thailand. Primary path is basically a tiny, kid-size submarine using the liquid oxygen transfer tube of Falcon rocket as hull. Light enough to be carried by 2 divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps. Extremely robust.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2018 Continue to be amazed by the bravery, resilience & tenacity of kids & diving team in Thailand. Human character at its best.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2018 Elon Musk and SpaceX are working to rescue Thai soccer team trapped in cave.Image: Joshua Lott/Getty ImagesBy Nicole Gallucci2018-07-07 22:07:59 UTCcenter_img Construction complete in about 8 hours, then 17 hour flight to Thailand— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2018 When asked about the timeline of submarine construction, Musk, who was in Los Angeles working with the SpaceX team, explained he plans to complete construction in around eight hours and fly the sub to Thailand, which will take another 17 hours. Some good feedback from cave experts in Thailand. Iterating with them on an escape pod design that might be safe enough to try. Also building an inflatable tube with airlocks. Less likely to work, given tricky contours, but great if it does.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2018 4 handles/hitch points on front & 4 on rear. 2 air tank connections on front & 2 on rear, allowing 1 to 4 tanks simultaneously connected, all recessed for impact protection w secondary cap seal if leak develops.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2018 In true Elon fashion, he also joked that he would add an MP3 player to help reduce stress. Though honestly, you can never truly tell when this man is joking, can you?Musk has been following the story of the soccer team, tweeting his thoughts and offering to assist the Thai government in any way he could over the past week.But time is ticking. One rescue diver, Petty Officer Saman Gunan of the Royal Thai Navy, died on Thursday. In addition, intense rain that could contribute to further flooding is expected to continue.If Musk’s past social media updates are any indication of what’s to come, we have faith he’ll keep us all posted about the submarine’s progress.Way to step up, Elon.last_img read more

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