5 Reasons Your Company Should Open Source More Code

first_imgTags: #Facebook#James Pearce#Netflix#Open Source#open source companies#Tom Preston-Werner Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Given intense competition for the world’s best engineering talent, can your company really afford to lock up its code behind proprietary licenses? Sure, if you’re in the business of selling software, giving it all away may not make sense. But the vast majority of companies don’t sell software, and should be contributing a heck of a lot more as open source. How much more? “(Almost) everything,” to quote GitHub co-founder Tom Preston-Werner. The post is a few years old, but judging from how the industry continues to treat software like something to be hidden, not nearly enough people have read it.Consider this your reminder.Reasons To Open UpIf it sounds like business model suicide to “open source (almost) everything”, it’s not. At least, not for the 99.999% of companies that sell services, not software. For this overwhelming majority, Preston-Werner offers several reasons to open source code:Open sourcing code is great advertising for you and your company… translat[ing] into goodwill for [your company] and more superfans than ever before;If your code is popular enough to attract outside contributions, you will have created a force multiplier that helps you get more work done faster and cheaper. More users means more use cases being explored which means more robust code;Smart people like to hang out with other smart people. Smart developers like to hang out with smart code. When you open source useful code, you attract talent;If you’re hiring, the best technical interview possible is the one you don’t have to do because the candidate is already kicking — on one of your open source projects; andOnce you’ve hired all those great people through their contributions, dedication to open source code is an amazingly effective way to retain that talent. Let’s face it, great developers can take their pick of jobs right now. These same developers know the value of coding in the open and will want to build up a portfolio of projects they can show off to their friends and potential future employers.Keep in mind that open source really only helps you with a particular kind of audience. Chances are, open source won’t appeal to your end customers, whatever your product happens to be. But that’s OK, because open source is really just a way to engage the people who will help you build your product. Self-Selection BiasStill not convinced? Take a look at Facebook, the company I’ve called the world’s largest open source company. In an excellent Fast Company article, Facebook open source chief James Pearce touts the benefits it derives from open source, most notably recruiting:It turns out that large percentages of our engineers will have known about our open-source projects before they will have joined and they will say that it contributed positively to their decision to join the company. It’s a great window … into the world of the sorts of problems that we solve, and of course we’re hoping there are world-class engineers around the world who would relish those kinds of opportunities and when they see the problems we’re solving will feel the urge to take a look.I’ve written before about the importance of open source to recruiting the industry’s best engineers. Much of today’s best software is written in the open, be it Hadoop or Spark or MongoDB or Android. It’s how companies engage with developers long before they engage with end-customers. It’s also how companies learn from their peers, as Box did from Facebook. It’s why Netflix bothers to write technical blog posts that only a geek could love. (“There are a couple of things you should think about though before trying to score 100 billion records in Pig.”)It’s why your company needs to stop hoarding software that offers no competitive advantage and start sharing. It will help you attract and retain talent which, in turn, will help your company better serve end customers.That’s how open source helps. And it’s why you should give (almost) all of it away. Now.Image courtesy of Shutterstock Matt Asay Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Say Hello To Hipster Facebook

first_imgTags:#app developers#f8#F8 2015#Facebook#Facebook Platform#Hipsters#Ilya Sukhar#Mark Zuckerberg#parse#Stacheify owen thomas Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img Remember when Facebook-app developers were revolutionaries? It wasn’t that long ago—and yet in the fast-moving world of technology, it seems an entire generation ago.And like an aging urbanite looking to rediscover his youth, Facebook has entered its hipster era—self-congratulating, self-parodying, and yet archly self-aware of all its internal contradictions.Less Movement, More Monetization“Hey everyone,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as he jaunted onto the stage without fanfare Wednesday in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center, kicking off the 2015 edition of F8, Facebook’s no-longer-occasionally annual conference for developers. His entrance was so low-key the audience barely had time to hush itself and listen.These days, Facebook is trying to set expectations low and exceed them. It’s a far cry from the warrior days of the very first F8 in 2007. “Today, together, we start a movement,” said a younger, less humble, less media-trained-to-within-an-inch-of-his-gray-T-shirt Zuckerberg then. (His bravado disguised the fact that his engineers were still hacking together the code for Facebook Platform.)At last year’s F8, Zuckerberg preached a new sermon of stable infrastructure—moving fast, maybe, but no more breaking things, at least where developers were concerned! The trouble with stable infrastructure as a rallying cry is that, well, it’s boring. And with so many shiny objects to hold developers’ attention—so many platforms, so many APIs, so many SDKs—boring is deadly for a company like Facebook that depends on the kindness of others to fill its newsfeed, message threads, and other streams with headlines, photos, videos, and more.So yes, Facebook had to remind people that it offers “better monetization” than competing ad networks. News flash: No one cares! Or at least no one wakes up in the morning, heart pounding and eyes blazing, looking to build an app on top of better monetization. It’s not a message that inspires anyone to create.To Code, Perchance To DreamHence the offerings for dreamers:You will soon be able to include “spherical videos” in your Facebook feed, allowing friends to click around and explore the world as you see it in a full 360-degree view. (Consider it a precursor to full virtual-reality views courtesy of Oculus VR, another recent Facebook acquisition.)Parse, Facebook’s service that provides a back end on which developers can run their mobile apps, is extending its reach into the Internet of Things, making it simple to build software that connects to wearable devices and smart-home gadgets.Facebook Messenger—increasingly just called “Messenger,” including its own URL—is becoming a platform, where you can inject your own apps to converse in quirky new ways, particularly in the form of short, jokey videos.In the Wednesday F8 keynote, Parse CEO Ilya Sukhar faux-cheekily called out one app, Stacheify, which runs on his service and plugs into Messenger. It lets you add facial hair to your friends’ photos. Sukhar laid a mustache on Zuckerberg’s normally clean-shaven visage.Mark Zuckerberg with a mustache. Consider it a metaphor for what Facebook is trying to do to its own image.Facebook’s youth, so recently lost amid its immensely rapid growth to a billion users, an IPO, and a move to a new, more corporate campus, still lies in recent memory. There’s no more brogrammery breaking of things; that got packed away with other childish preoccupations. So how does this new Facebook, vast, complicated, burdened with the scars of experience, relate to the new generation of coders rising up and looking to build something new?Like the hipster toying with his own facial hair, Facebook is trying to find some way to tweak its self-image. Sure, put a mustache on it. Whatever it takes to hack—and to persuade developers to hack alongside it.Photos by Owen Thomas for ReadWrite 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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India’s women hockey team fails to qualify for London Olympics, loses to South Africa

first_imgIndian women team’s hopes of qualifying for the London Olympics went up in smoke after suffering a crushing 1-3 defeat against top-ranked South Africa in the finals of hockey qualifiers, in New Delhi on Saturday.World number 12 South Africa scored through Shelley Russell (4th minute), Pietie Coetzee (30th) and skipper Marsha Marescia (57th) to qualify for the London Olympics.They remained unbeaten run in the tournament and had defeated India 5-2 in the league stage.India paid the price for their defence lapses and lack of finishing as South Africa rode on their better co-ordination, agility and solid defence to crush the hosts at their home ground.India conceded an early goal in the fourth minute with Ritu Rani being the culprit as she failed to clear the ball from a back pass inside the D in the left flank, allowing Shelley Russell to steal it and comfortably slot it home.Stung by the goal, India tried to attack from the left flank with Anuradha Devi Thokchom, who was back after missing two matches due to a hamstring injury, being in the action but they failed to penetrate the South African defence.The Indians crumbled under pressure as they fumbled with the ball and lacked co-ordination. Even though they penetrated the rival camp, the hosts failed to build a single concrete attack.India earned their first penalty corner in the 10th minute but Sushila Chanu failed to stop the ball cleanly to squander the opportunity.last_img read more

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Indian Super League: Sunil Chhetri spearheads list in player auction

first_imgStar striker Sunil Chhetri spearheads the list of players who are set to go under the auctioner’s hammer at the first “Player Auction” of the Indian Super League Football, which is scheduled on Friday. The 30-year-old four-time AIFF Player of the Year and highest goal scorer for the country commands the highest base price set for the day at Rs 80 lakh and is among 10 Indian players set to feature in the auction ahead of the October 3-December 6 Season 2 of the tournament. Other than Chhetri, who is expected to trigger an intense bidding war among the eight franchises are: Karanjeet Singh (base price Rs 60 lakh), Anas Edathodika, Arata Izumi, Robin Singh (all commanding base price of Rs 40 lakh), Thoi Singh (Rs 39 lakh), Eugeneson Lyngdoh (Rs 27.50 lakh), Jackichand Singh, Seityasen Singh (both Rs 20 lakh) and Rino Anto (Rs 17.50 lakh). All these players, who had missed on the inaugural season of the tournament last year owning to their individual contracts with respective I-League clubs, have shown keen interest to be part of the League’s Season 2. Six of these ten players — Chhetri, Robin Singh, Thoi Singh, Izumi, Edathodika and Karanjeet — have signed with Football Sports Development Limited, the promoters of Hero ISL, as free agents. Jackichand Singh and Seityasen Singh have been loaned from I- League club Royal Wahingdoh FC while Rino Anto and Eugeneson Lyngdoh are loaned from Bengaluru FC. Additionally, an extensive list of 113 Indian players have been made available to 8 franchise club owners through the Player Draft, which is also to be held on the same day. advertisementThe eight franchises have 64 Indian players on their roster – either retained from last year or signed from the open market. The comprehensive Draft list would help them to fill up a total of 40 positions of the Indian player quota. Other than the celebrity club owners, that includes former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly who is to be present, each club would be represented by their head coach/ assistant coach and technical staff during the Auction and Draft. A lot many players in the Draft list command base prices which are in excess of Rs 20 lakh. The highest among them are free agents are: T Saran Singh (Rs 33 lakh) and Keegan Pereira (Rs 32 lakh). Some others are: Gurjinder Kumar (Rs 27 lakh), Augustin Fernandes (Rs 26 lakh), Nicolas Colaco and Gilbert Oliveira (both Rs 23 lakh), all of them on loan from Salgaocar, and free agents Beevan D’Mello (Rs 24 lakh) and Zakeer Mundampara (Rs 23 lakh). Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Shilton Paul has been pegged at a base price of Rs 22.50 lakh. A majority of players have been fixed with base prices below Rs 10 lakh. Each franchise club has been given a salary cap of Rs 20 crore for the season to be spent on the players. The Player Draft list has 15 goalkeepers, 35 defenders, 52 mid fielders and 11 strikers to choose from.last_img read more

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India women win fourth straight SAFF championship title

first_imgThe India women’s football team won their fourth consecutive South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) women’s championship title when they beat Bangladesh 3-1 in the final at the Kanchenjunga Stadium here on Wednesday. (Latest Football stories)The Indian eves are now unbeaten in 19 matches having won 18 and drawn one.The first goal came as early as in the 12th minute when Dangmei Grace scored.Bangladesh equalised in the 40th minute through Shopna as both teams headed into the interval locked at 1-1.Changing over, India were again quicker off the mark.The break came in the 60th minute when Bala Devi was pushed inside the box with the referee awarding a penalty. Sasmita Malik converted from the spot.With just 30 minutes remaining, it was quite a task for Bangladesh to come back.And it became worse for them seven minutes later when Indumathi scored with a long-range shot.last_img read more

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I-29 REPAIR WORK TO BEGIN FROM DUNES PAST NORTH SIOUX CITY

first_imgSouth Dakota’s Department of Transportation says repair work is beginning on Interstate 29 near North Sioux City.The agency says work repairing concrete pavement and resealing joints is beginning this week.The repairs will run from the Iowa state line to north of Exit 4 for the north and southbound lanes.In the work zone, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.Minnesota-based Interstate Improvements is the prime contractor for the project that’s expected to be completed in November.last_img

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Right-back revelation puts Polster on U.S. radar

first_imgMLS MLS Spotlight: Matt Polster’s right-back revelation has a central theme Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 2 years ago 21:00 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Matt Polster Chicago Fire MLS Aaron Doster MLS Chicago Fire United States The third-year player was encouraged to bring his experience at central midfield with him as he shifted to a new role, and it’s paid big dividends Matt Polster doesn’t play right back like it’s his natural position.That may sound like an insult — but it’s actually a compliment.Entering his third MLS season, Polster no longer had a spot in his natural holding midfield position. Instead, the Chicago Fire decided to shift him to right back, and gave him instructions you might not expect to hear. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “The message was like, ‘Hey, we would like to play you at right back and your role is not to be a right back,’ even though it’s kind of weird saying that,” Polster told Goal. “They wanted me to play my style at the right-back position, which is to play center mid — be good on the ball, take players on and find passes through lines. They just kind of let me play my own role in that type of position.”Polster’s idea on how to play right back has resulted in a goal and five assists for him in just 16 league games this season. He’s averaging 1.18 chances created per game, good for fourth on the team. Chicago also is 10-3-3 when Polster plays. Without him, the Fire are just 3-6-3.A move that has paid huge dividends may not seem like a gamble now, but that is a credit to the work the seventh overall pick in the 2015 draft has put in and the success he’s had thus far. A look back to the beginning of the season reveals the uncertainty for everyone involved.Matt Polster Quote GfxPolster’s first two seasons with the Fire saw him mostly play holding midfielder, where he did enough in his debut campaign to earn a Rookie of the Year nomination.But Chicago’s offseason saw the club bring in defensive midfielders Dax McCarty and Juninho. Then in March, the team added World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger. There simply was no place for Polster to see the field in his preferred position.Instead, the decision was made to shift Polster to right back, where he’d played for the U.S. Under-23 squad and a few times with the Fire as a rookie — but a place where he had only put in “OK” performances, according to the 24-year-old.Early-season injury troubles added complications as well.”We always knew we’d have to be cautious because you never know how he’s going to accept that,” Fire coach Veljko Paunovic told Goal. “But obviously, the other issue we had at that point was his injury because in the last game in Toronto, he got hurt and we knew he was going to be out several months.”When he came back he re-injured himself in the preseason and it delayed the process of conversion, from midfielder to right back. And with all that delay we also had to manage his new position and new role in the team but also his body, his fitness, which was an added difficulty to our job.”The injury concerns were heightened by the expectations the Fire put on their right back, who they expect to push high up the field in support of the attack. That requires them to, as Polster put it, “bust our butts to get back defensively.”Matt Polster Kaka Chicago Fire Orlando City MLSBut after a rough offseason in which Polster admits he and the club could have handled the injury a little better, the Fire have managed him successfully over the course of the year. While Polster did not make his 2017 debut until May 13, he has since played all but three of the Fire’s games.”I think with his help and his openness to learn, to get back as soon as possible to the field — together we did a great job,” Paunovic said. “And now we’re just trying to give Matt more tools and support so he discovers the benefits of the new position and new role for him and for our team too.”While the shift in positions was never going to be simple, Polster credits the coaching staff with giving him the confidence to make the move without fighting against his natural instincts. “And I feel like that’s what I’ve done,” he said. “I’ve tried to make runs in behind and I’ve tried to help defensively as much as I can, and then also just find good passes and try and break pressure — just as a center midfielder would do as well.”Fire left back Bradon Vincent added: “I think his possession game is something really that he is strong at, just because him being a holding midfielder, the nature of his game is finding the ball and keeping the ball in tough spaces. So when he’s facing pressure on the sidelines, he’s able to see the field and get out of things that not a lot of fullbacks can do.”Polster has tried help Vincent improve his game by adding some of those very qualities. Vincent, in return, has given pointers to Polster on how to better his crossing — something Paunovic identified as an area where improvement was needed for the transitioning right back. It’s not only Vincent — some of the biggest names on the Fire have stepped up to help Polster know where to be, and give him the confidence to push forward and be aggressive.”I think (Schweinsteiger) helped me quite a bit in terms of what he wants from me in certain moments of the game,” Polster said. “And I think Dax has done the same as well as he’s like, ‘Hey, in this moment, we could try this.’ And Basti has also given me the license, per say, to go forward and take guys on.”Bastian Schweinsteiger Matt Polster Chicago FireThe results have not gone unnoticed beyond Chicago, as U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena named Polster to his preliminary roster for this past summer’s Gold Cup. Though Polster did not make the final cut, it still is a point of pride for the defender.”It felt good,” Polster said. “I actually didn’t expect it because of coming back from an injury so quickly. But it was an honor to be named to that list but I still have aspirations and goals to not just be on the list but be a part of the national team at some point in my career.”As for whether he would prefer to stick at right back long term, Polster said he’s not looking to limit himself to any one position. While he has preferred central midfield, he’s enjoyed his time in defense this year and admits the Fire’s system makes playing right back “really fun.”Paunovic, for his part, thinks Polster’s best position long term is fullback and is impressed with his growth over the past two seasons.”I think more experience and maturity in not only his game but also his behavior and understanding this profession and the way it should be,” Paunovic said when asked how Polster has changed. “I also think that he improved his game, especially this year when he is playing a different position.”He learned to play very quickly, which proves the talent that he has. And still being a young player, showing that he’s capable of learning a different position means a lot in terms of what value he may have for our team — and obviously American soccer for the future.”last_img read more

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New York Red Bulls vs NYCFC: TV, stream & preview

first_imgThe New York Red Bulls can overtake New York City FC in the Eastern Conference with victory in the first New York derby match of 2019.NYCFC are just one point ahead of their city rivals in fifth place after their club-record 14 game unbeaten run in all competitions was brought to an end with a home defeat to the Portland Timbers last weekend.The Red Bulls meanwhile have won just one of their last four MLS matches and needed a 93rd minute equaliser from Bradley Wright-Phillips to secure a 3-3 draw against Atlanta United last weekend. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Game New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC Date Sunday, July 14 Time 11:30pm BST / 6:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX Deportes/Fox Sports 1 fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be shown live on Sky Sports and streamed on Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go Squads & Team News Position NYCFC players Goalkeepers Barraza, Johnson, Stuver Defenders Callens, Chanot, Ibeagha, Matarrita, Scally, Sweat, Tinnerholm Midfielders Bedoya, Haak, Medina, Moralez, Ofori, Parks, Ring, Rocha, Sands,Torres Forwards Dos Santos, Castellanos, Mackay-Steven, Mitrita, Tajouri-Shradi New York City FC have a number of injury concerns with Sean Johnson, Alexander Callens, Tony Rocha, James Sands and Joe Scally all set to miss out.Potential NYCFC XI: Stuver, Sweat, Tinnerholm, Chanot, Matarrita, Ibeagha, Ring, Moralez, Castellanos, Ofori, Parks. Position New York Red Bulls players Goalkeepers Louro, Meara, Robles Defenders Duncan, Lade, Lawrence, Long, Murillo, Nealis, Parker, Tarek Midfielders Bezecourt, Casseres Jr. Davis, Epps, Fernandez, Ivan, Koffi, Mines, Muyl, Kaku, Royer, Rzatkowski, Valot. Forwards Etienne Jr. Barlow, Jorgensen, White, Wright-Phillips The Red Bulls have Michael Murillo and Kaku available after suspension but Florian Valot and Tim Parker remain sidelined. Aaron Long is also unlikely to feature after playing for the USMNT in the Gold Cup final against Mexico on Sunday.Potential New York Red Bulls XI: Robles, Tarek, Duncan, Nealis, Lawrence, Muyl, Davis, Royer, Rzatkowski, Casseres Jr, White.Betting & Match Odds New York Red Bulls are priced at evens to win, according to bet365, while a draw is available at 5/2. A win for NYCFC is priced at 13/5.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more . Match Preview Ismael Tajouri NYCFC 2017-18In addition to bragging rights, the winner of this Sunday’s Hudson River derby will give themselves a huge boost in the race for the playoffs.New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls are fifth and sixth respectively in the Eastern Conference. Toronto FC sits in the seventh and final playoff position, two points behind the Red Bulls. Given they have at least two games in hand on all of their opponents at the top of the table, a win for NYCFC would not only see them pull four points clear of their city rivals but give themselves the platform to cement their place in the top seven.They will also be looking to bounce back after their defeat to Portland last weekend, which was followed up by a penalty shootout loss to Orlando City on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.”When you lose in penalties, in my opinion, the soccer was not fair with us, but it is what it is,” said boss Domenec Torrent. “We have to rest well because now we play the Red Bulls, everyone knows how tough it is to play against this type of [pressing] team.”They’re an aggressive team, but if you take the ball and pass the ball and you have control, it’s more easy to play this type of team.”The Red Bulls, meanwhile, will be glad to return to Red Bull Arena after some shaky results on the road in recent weeks. They threw away a 2-0 lead at Philadelphia at the start of last month before being thrashed 4-0 at Houston, ending the game with nine men.They needed a late equaliser in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Atlanta last weekend and coach Chris Armas hopes the intensity of that game will prove ideal preparation for Sunday’s derby.“Does that one help you prepare for what’s ahead? I hope so. To understand the intensity needed, the focus needed, the quality needed at times, and the discipline that those games demand,” he said.“Even what we said after the game to the guys is that has to be the standard. That shouldn’t be something we can pull out of the hat on certain days. The good thing is we have that in us. The challenge for every team and top players and coaches is to maintain that standard of work all the time.”last_img read more

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Two Texas Stars Won’t Play Tonight Against Texas Tech

first_imgA Texas Longhorns football helmet sitting on the field.BOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 04: A helmet of the Texas Longhorns lies on the field as the team warms up prior to facing the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)When the Texas Longhorns take the field tonight for their game against Texas Tech, they’ll have to do so without two of their best players. It’s a tough break right before game time.Star wide receiver Collin Johnson reportedly tweaked his knee in practice earlier this week. As a result, he won’t be available tonight in what should be a high-scoring affair.Johnson is second on the team in receiving yards and is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns. Meanwhile, stating defensive back Brandon Jones will also miss the game tonight.The junior defensive back suffered a freak accident during warmups last weekend against West Virginia.BREAKING: Collin Johnson and Brandon Jones will not play today per Tom Herman.— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) November 10, 2018That’s two tough breaks for the Longhorns just about an hour before they take the field against the Red Raiders. Will those two losses affect the outcome?Texas and Texas Tech are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff. The game will be broadcast on FOX.last_img read more

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NEPA to Engage Students and Teachers in Protecting Birds

first_img The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will engage primary-school students and teachers in the protection of shore and water birds ahead of International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD) on May 22. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will engage primary-school students and teachers in the protection of shore and water birds ahead of International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD) on May 22.Approximately 70 students from 12 primary schools in the Ministry of Education Youth and Information’s Region 6 will participate at a sensitisation session at the Mount Nebo Primary School and Baptist Church in St. Catherine on May 16.The school is located within the Rio Cobre Watershed area, which empties into the Kingston Harbour and is a popular site for bird watching.NEPA’s Senior Public Education Officer, Ava Tomlinson, told JIS News that the session will include “a presentation to the students to show them how their solid waste, in particular plastics, impacts our marine environment”.Senior Public Education Officer at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Ava Tomlinson (third right), conducts a bird-watching session with teachers from 20 primary schools at the Portland Bight Discovery Centre. The activity formed part of the 2018 Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival (CEBF).“When we do not dispose of (plastics) properly and the material gets into the drainage system, it then ends up on our coastlines and impacts on shore birds and water birds,” she noted.The students will also be engaged in bird watching and a variety of games, including a scavenger hunt, and also learn about obstacles to bird migration.Each participating student, teacher and school will receive a certificate.Teachers in attendance will also receive training and certification in the Cornell University Ornithology Laboratory’s Bird Sleuth Programme, administered through NEPA.The Bird Sleuth Programme engages children in scientific study and real data collection. It is supported by a kit of resources and materials to support scientific inquiry by the students, enabling them to increase their knowledge and interest in nature and science.The sensitisation session is part of activities by NEPA to observe the month-long Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival being hosted by Birds Caribbean.The theme for the festival and the session is ‘Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution’. Story Highlights Approximately 70 students from 12 primary schools in the Ministry of Education Youth and Information’s Region 6 will participate at a sensitisation session at the Mount Nebo Primary School and Baptist Church in St. Catherine on May 16. The school is located within the Rio Cobre Watershed area, which empties into the Kingston Harbour and is a popular site for bird watching.last_img read more

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First Panama Canal Atlantic Gate Put Through Its Paces

first_imgzoom The Panama Canal yesterday tested the first rolling gate at its recently filled Atlantic locks, dubbed Agua Clara Locks, positioned in the vicinity of the existing Gatun Locks.Each lock chamber has three water-saving basins, which will reuse 60 percent of the water in each transit. There are a total of nine basins for each of the two lock complexes.There are a total of 16 rolling gates required for the new locks (eight on each complex).The Canal has a total of 18 basins. Each water-saving basin is approximately 70 meters wide by 5.50 meters deep. Lock chambers are 427 meters (1,400 feet) long by 55 meters (180 feet) wide, and 18.3 meters (60 feet) deep.The gates have different dimensions depending on their location in the lock chamber. They are all 57.60 m long, 8-10 m wide, and the height depends on the location but between the shortest one is 22.30 meters and the lowest one is 33.04 m height depending on the chamber.The gates weight on average 3,200 tons. However, since they have different sizes, weight can range from 2,100 tons to as much as 4,200 tons. The gates also have buoyancy tanks that allow them to weigh 15% of their actual weight inside the water-filled new locks.This is another milestone for the Panama Canal Expansion project this week, following the start of the filling of Canal’s Pacific locks.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Caution Advised in Victoria Inverness Counties Along Cabot Trail

first_img Residents are reminded to call 911 if emergency assistance is needed or 811 for non-emergency health concerns. For road condition information call 511. Listen to the radio. Local authorities will issue instructions for those living in the affected areas. Know how to turn off water, gas and electricity in case instructed to by local officials. If the main power box is not in a dry, safe area, do not try to turn off the electricity. Contact Nova Scotia Power at 902-428-6004 or 1-877-428-6004 for instructions. Do not use well water for drinking, cooking or bathing until the water has been tested and it has been declared safe to use. Bacterial testing should be done by all well owners. Contact local environment offices at 1-877-936-8476 with questions about safe drinking water. The Emergency Management Office and local emergency managers are advising Cape Breton residents that some roads along the Cabot Trail are closed today, Dec. 15, and motorists should exercise caution. Heavy rain has caused water levels to rise and water is covering roadways in some areas. “Emergency managers, emergency health services and road crews are closely monitoring the situation,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister for Emergency Management. “Please stay off roads along the Cabot Trail if at all possible today as we work to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.” At Ingonish Harbour, six residents are isolated because of localized flooding on the Barren Road. Local emergency managers and emergency health services are prepared to access the area by ATV if needed. Corson Bridge on Trunk 30 in Ingonish Ferry is closed due to flooding as a precautionary measure. Crews are waiting for the water to recede before inspecting the bridge. Residents have access to emergency medical care at Buchanan Memorial Hospital in Neils Harbour. Aliant reports that there is no phone service in Bay St. Lawrence-Dingwall area. Residents with road access are asked to report to the Bay St. Lawrence Fire Station if emergency help is needed. Emergency managers and first responders, including RCMP and emergency health services are working as quickly as possible to put emergency plans in place. Cellphone coverage in the area is being checked and plans to contact residents are being made. There are several other road closures in the area, but alternate access is available. Motorists are advised to use caution and check road conditions and closures before travelling. Residents are also asked to stay clear of any fast moving or flooding waterways. Rainfall amounts in Cape Breton range from 100 millimetres to 125 millimetres in Sydney. An additional 20 to 40 millimetres of rain is expected by 8 p.m. In the event of a flood:last_img read more

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Old Fashioned Christmas Returns to Sherbrooke Village

first_imgSherbrooke Village’s annual, award-winning, weekend Old Fashioned Christmas celebration will once again enchant visitors starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. Festivities begin with a traditional tree-lighting ceremony and a candlelight procession through the village followed by free family entertainment, hot chocolate and snacks. There will be fireworks, a visit from Santa and karaoke at the Lion’s Hall to round off the evening. Saturday and Sunday activities include craft workshops, a craft show and sales, a children’s scavenger hunt, a family skate, festive dining, entertainment and house tours. Both days will feature Victorian teas in the afternoon. Saturday ends with a dinner theatre at the Lion’s Hall. Sunday’s wrap up is an ecumenical service followed by a festive dinner and the grand finale concert at St. James Presbyterian Church. “Old Fashioned Christmas is a great opportunity for families to enjoy time together and kick off the holiday season,” said Patricia MacKay, chair of the Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas Association committee. “We are committed to funding as many free family and children’s activities as possible.” During its 21 years of celebration the Old Fashioned Christmas at Sherbrooke Village has attracted thousands of visitors and been named one of the top 10 events in the province by the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. More information is available at sherbrookevillage.novascotia.ca.last_img read more

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Delhi will ask Centre to increase its water share Arvind Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Minister and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) Chairman Arvind Kejriwal Monday said he would request the Centre to increase the quota of water allocated for the national capital, which has remained “unchanged” since 1994. He also said his government would provide 24×7 water supply to every resident of the city by 2024. “Delhi does not have a water source of its own. It’s allocation (quota) of Yamuna and Ganga water was decided in 1994, he said at the foundation stone-laying ceremony for Chandrawal Phase-2 water treatment plant. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark “In the last 25 years, the city’s population has increased from 1.25 crore to 2.25 crore, but its water quota remains unchanged, barring what we received through the Munak Canal. We will urge the Centre to increase it,” Kejriwal said. “Delhi is the national capital and ensuring enough drinking water in the city is a collective responsibility of every government. We are not demanding water for irrigation, we need drinking water,” he said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsAt present, Delhi gets its water from the Ganga canal, the western Yamuna canal, the Bhakra canal and the Yamuna river. Besides, the DJB draws 80 million gallons of groundwater per day. The chief minister also said his government would provide round-the-clock clean drinking water supply to the entire city by 2024. “It’s our mission. In the last four and a half years we have made a lot of progress. By 2024, the government would provide clean drinking water to every house through taps,” he said. The 105-MGD water treatment plant (WTP) at Chandrawal comes after a gap of 13 years. It will be constructed at a cost of Rs 598 crores in 3 years. “At present, we are supplying 930 million gallons of water per day (MGD) against the demand of 1,200 MGD,” Kejriwal said. Chandrawal Phase-2 will have the advanced technology of ozonisation and activated carbon to ensure un-interrupted working of the plant. It will be able to treat high ammonia content up to 4 parts per million (ppm) in the raw water. Earlier, the plant had to be shut down whenever ammonia content increased to 1 ppm, resulting in disruption in water supply in its entire command area.last_img read more

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Republicans face tough vote on budget bill backed by Trump

first_imgWashington: A hard-won, warts-and-all budget pact between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump is facing a key vote in the GOP-held Senate, with many conservatives torn between supporting the president and risking their political brand with an unpopular vote to add USD 2 trillion or more to the government’s credit card. The Trump-supported legislation backed by the Democratic speaker would stave off a government shutdown and protect budget gains for the Pentagon and popular domestic programs. It’s attached to a must-do measure to lift the so-called debt limit to permit the government to borrow freely to pay its bills. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US For many Republicans it’s a tough vote, expected Wednesday afternoon. The tea party-driven House GOP conference broke against it by a 2-1 ratio, but most pragmatists see the measure as preferable to an alternative fall landscape of high-wire deadlines and potential chaos. The government otherwise would face a potential debt default, an October 1 shutdown deadline, and the return in January of across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is confident it will pass despite the misgivings of many Republicans. But for new arrivals to the Senate, particularly those who ran against a broken Washington culture, the sweeping measure represents a lot of what they ran against: unrestrained borrowing and trillion-dollar deficits, fueled by a bipartisan thirst for new spending. “This budget process, if we can even call it a process, put taxpayers at the mercy of a House Speaker who has no interest in prudent budgeting,” said freshman Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo. “Our system is not supposed to work this way. When the entire federal budget depends on four or five people striking a deal among themselves, something is not right.” The budget and debt bill, however, is a top priority for McConnell, who set up the initial talks taken over by Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin earlier this month and pushed to isolate conservative forces in the White House who were disruptive. Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York and House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy of California are also supporting the deal. For House Republicans, as the minority party, it was easy to take a pass on voting for the legislation. Pelosi also made a point of showing she had enough Democratic votes to push it through without their help. But it’s a different dynamic in the Senate, where Republicans hold the majority and are expected to deliver a strong vote for a Trump-backed agreement. “Given the realities of divided government, it is a strong deal that achieves my Republican colleagues’ and my No. 1 priority,” McConnell said, citing gains for the military. “The Trump administration has negotiated their way to a major win on defense. The House has passed the compromise legislation. The president is ready and waiting to sign it.” Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said he expected a strong showing by the Senate’s Democrats in favor of the bill. And GOP leadership stalwarts like Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, swiftly swung behind the measure, calling it about the best result possible in a legislating matrix that demands Pelosi’s blessing for bills to become law. “So what price did we have to pay to get this? We had to give Nancy Pelosi a 4 per cent increase this year in domestic spending and zero increase next year for an average annual increase that’s less than the growth in (gross domestic product),” Wicker said, adding that many House Republicans took the “vote no, hope yes” approach to the legislation. “I want to know what better deal anybody could have crafted that got Nancy Pelosi’s sign-off in the House and Mitch McConnell’s sign-off in the Senate, along with McCarthy and Schumer,” Wicker said. The agreement between the administration and Pelosi lifts the limit on the government’s USD 22 trillion debt for two years and averts the risk of the Pentagon and domestic agencies from being hit with USD 125 billion in automatic spending cuts that are the last gasp of the 2011 budget deal.last_img read more

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South Korean PM to Visit Morocco for Business Cooperation Next Week

Rabat – South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon will visit three North African countries next week to strengthen bilateral economic cooperation, South Korean news agency Yonhap, reported Thursday.A seven-day trip will take Lee to Algeria on December 16, Tunisia on December 18, and Morocco on December 20.In a two-day visit to Morocco, the South Korean prime minister will meet with Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani. Lee “plans to ask Morocco to help Korean companies participate in large state projects,” according to Yonhap.Read also: Morocco, South Korea to Reinforce Political and Business TiesSince former Korean prime minister Chung Hong-won visited Morocco in 2014, it will be the first time a South Korean prime minister make an official visit to Algeria and Tunisia.Lee will meet his Algerian counterpart Algeria Ahmed Ouyahia to discuss ways to boost economic partnerships between the two countries, especially in construction and infrastructure projects.During his trip to Tunisia, Lee will meet Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and other government officials.Given the three nation’s strategic location linking Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, the Korean prime minister seeks to deepen economic ties with the North African countries and promote investment for his country’s business companies.Read also: South Korean Official Visits Morocco to Consolidate Economic TiesLee’s planned visit to Morocco comes seven months after Moroccan head of government EL Othmani visited Seoul in May at the invitation of Lee. It was the first time a Moroccan head of government visited South Korea.In the May meeting, both Lee and El Othmani discussed the bilateral cooperation that has united the two countries since diplomatic relations opened in 1962.El Othmani led a delegation which included a number of ministers. read more

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Former Rwandan finance minister pleads not guilty to genocide UN tribunal

Emmanuel Ndindabahizi entered the plea during his initial appearance before Judge Navanethem Pillay, President of the Tribunal. The 4 October indictment charges the suspect with committing genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, and crimes against humanity (extermination, murder and rape) during the events in Rwanda in 1994.Specifically, he is alleged to have led a campaign against the Tutsi in Kibuye Prefecture, a region where he had his childhood home and had previously risen through the local and regional political administration to become a government minister. Bands of police and civil militia under his influence and orders attacked and pillaged homes, physically assaulted, raped and killed Tutsis in a systematic campaign of violence, according to the indictment.The accused was born in Kibuye Prefecture in 1950. He was arrested in Verviers, Belgium, last July and transferred to the UN Detention Facility in Arusha on 25 September. read more

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Sam Thompson Ohio State mens basketball overpowers offensively anemic Penn State

Ohio State’s men’s basketball team got its second scorer when it needed him the most. For much of this season, members of the No. 14-ranked Buckeyes have expressed the need for an additional offensive threat behind junior forward Deshaun Thomas. Against unranked Penn State, though, such an conundrum failed to manifest itself as sophomore forward Sam Thompson dropped 16 points on the Nittany Lions en route to a 65-51 win Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. Already a Buckeye fan favorite because of his theatrical dunks, Thompson’s 16 points helped push OSU (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) past a Penn State squad that finds itself still winless (0-8) in Big Ten play more than halfway through the regular season. Thompson, who was 6-for-7 from the floor and 2-for-2 behind the arc, proved to be a catalyst for OSU in a game that saw its other starters shoot a combined 9-for-27. Notably, Thomas struggled with his touch against Penn State (8-12, 0-8 Big Ten), shooting 4-for-13 and 1-for-3 from 3-point range. The 11 points he mustered were the lowest output for Thomas in any game this season. And, perhaps against a more formidable opponent, such a deficit would’ve proved costly – especially on the road. In losses against Duke, Illinois and Michigan State away from the comfortable confines of the Schottenstein Center, OSU stuggled to find someone – anyone – outside of the Big Ten’s leading scorer. Need an example? Most recently, against the No. 13 Spartans, Thomas scored 28 of the Buckeyes’ 56 total points. In the team’s worst loss to date, a 74-55 defeat to the Illini, Thomas notched 24 points and junior guard Aaron Craft’s 11 points made him the only other Buckeye that day to score in double digits. In its game against Penn State, however, Thomas had help – and not just from Thompson. Junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. totaled 11 points and knocked down 7 of 8 free throws to help keep the game out of reach from a gritty, yet offensively anemic, Nittany Lions crew. While OSU’s bench helped the Buckeyes manage a 43 percent outing from the floor, Penn State shot 36 percent in total and 24 percent from behind the arc (4-for-17). Most devastating for the Nittany Lions, though, was a 10-minute scoring drought in the first half that allowed OSU to mount a double-digit cushion that would withstand a late Penn State rally that cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 10 with 2:41 to play. It wasn’t enough to overcome an otherwise shaky performance, as the Nittany Lions were outrebounded, 39-25, despite only turning the ball over four times compared to OSU’s eight miscues. OSU also made 83 percent of its 23 free throw attempts while Penn State struggled its way to a 59 percent connection rate. The loss is the Nittany Lions’ 18th straight to OSU. Conversely, OSU OSU is scheduled to next play Wisconsin Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Sacked police officer keeps pension after disciplinary hearing is delayed

Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale of West Midlands PoliceCredit:Joe Giddens/ PA A senior counter-terrorism officer sacked for failing to safeguard secret files stolen from the boot of his car will keep his £215,000 pension lump sum after his dismissal was delayed.West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale launched a judicial review just hours before a disciplinary hearing on March 29, forcing its postponement.By the time the hearing was rescheduled for Wednesday – at which point West Midlands’ Chief Constable Dave Thompson took the final decision to dismiss him without notice – the 54-year-old officer had reached the 30-years service qualification for automatic payment of his pension.Chief Constable Thompson ratified a ruling by a disciplinary panel ruled in February that Mr Beale, head of the West Midlands counter-terror unit, had behaved with gross misconduct by leaving a briefcase containing classified material inside a locked car.Mr Beale pleaded guilty last year to an offence under the Official Secrets Act and had faced losing a £215,000 pension lump sum if sacked.But he will now retire with full pension and lump sum, since Wednesday’s hearing took place after April 6 – understood to be the date his pension became active. Ordering that Mr Beale be dismissed for gross misconduct, Mr Thompson said: “The conduct in this case is a serious criminal conviction for improperly caring for documents of the highest sensitivity.”I agree (with a previous disciplinary panel decision) that the misconduct in this case is serious and is very likely to undermine public confidence in policing.”The chief constable said he had decided to dismiss his colleague with a sense of “huge personal regret”, having heard considerable and impressive character evidence.Mr Thompson added: “In terms of harm, the panel noted the consequences could have had the utmost seriousness. I do not question the very high regard he is held in, in policing and beyond,” he said. It is deeply painful to look at what he has achieved and where he is now.”At the heart of this case is simply what sanction will maintain public confidence in policing. I cannot see how the public would feel a final written warning, particularly one within days of the this officer’s retirement, would be seen as appropriate.” The previous hearing was told the classified documents were never supposed to leave police premises, and concluded that “a serious breach of protocol” as to the handling of top secret material had occurred.The hearing was told there was no sign of forced entry to Mr Beale’s “keyless” vehicle and that he only discovered the briefcase was missing when he stopped at a service station in Warwickshire.The case containing four documents, included minutes from a high-level counter-terror meeting, counter-terrorism local profiles, details of regular organised crime and sensitive information about a high-profile investigation.The documents were not found despite a inquiry, which required the “considerable diversion” of police resources.Mr Beale, who has been suspended on a £119,000-a-year salary, spoke only to confirm his name during the hearing before his chief officer.John Beggs QC, Mr Beale’s legal counsel, said in mitigation that dismissal would be “merely symbolic” in light of the officer’s imminent retirement.He said that Mr Beale reported the documents as missing immediately and his failing had been an unintentional mistake with no malice or premeditation.”Mr Beale’s response to this ghastly realisation (that documents had been stolen) was swift, professional, selfless, and imbued with the characteristics that runs through him like Brighton rock – honesty and integrity,” he said. Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale of West Midlands Police Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Venizelos Simitis take digs at Papandreou

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos speaks at the party’s 40th anniversary event at Zappeio Hall in central Athens on Wednesday. In a speech at an event on Wednesday night in Athens marking the 40th anniversary of the founding of PASOK, both the party’s leader Evangelos Venizelos and former Socialist Prime Minister Costas Simitis appealed to party patriotism to revive PASOK’s flagging fortunes and took turns at making indirect digs at George Papandreou, who was not at the event.Although Venizelos noted in his opening remarks that Papandreou was “here in spirit,” much of his remaining speech was peppered with less-than-complimentary references to the former premier and ex-PASOK leader.Declaring that those responsible for extracting the country from the crisis are now “feigning ignorance and attempting to shift the blame to others,” Venizelos was widely understood to be referring to his predecessor. In another jab, Venizelos indicated that it was not he that was first to reach out to the right as the initial overture was made in June 2012, a reference to Papandreou’s attempt to approach then opposition leader Antonis Samaras to bolster his beleaguered Socialist administration.Venizelos indicated that PASOK had endured the political fallout of the past four years of the country’s economic crisis. The party is still standing, he said. “It’s shaken, mutilated, but it’s standing,” he said, adding that PASOK still had the ability to become the country’s “third pole” or third political force.Simitis, for his part, made several digs against Papandreou but also against the current government as regards its stance vis-a-vis the troika. Referring to Papandreou’s now-infamous pledge ahead of the 2009 elections that brought PASOK back to power, Simitis remarked, “Let us not forget the cost for our country of that phrase ‘There is money.’” Simitis also indirectly offered his support for Venizelos, who was jeered by Papandreou supporters at an event organized by the Andreas Papandreou Foundation earlier this week, noting that “some prefer to remain stuck in the past.” As for PASOK’s prospects, Simitis said it must first prove “that we are not just a caravan of old-school politicians seeking a new oasis as we were chased away from our old one.”Source: Ekathimerini.last_img read more

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