Bravo backs Sammy

first_imgDELHI, India (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has spoken out in support of West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy, who faces possible disciplinary action for publicly criticising the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after the regional team won the T20 World Cup in India on Sunday.Bravo says he and the rest of the champion West Indies T20 side are in full support of Sammy, who hit out at the WICB for its lack of support to the players.”The most unprofessional board”In an exclusive Skype interview from India with Trinidad and Tobago’s CNC3 television yesterday, Bravo described the WICB as “the most unprofessional board” in the world.”The players feel hurt, and the time has come where we cannot take it anymore, and someone needs to put a stop to it because the cricket is being run by people who do not have the interest of West Indies cricket at heart,” Bravo said.Sammy faces possible disciplinary action after a statement from the WICB described his comments as “inappropriate” and promised an investigation.”I was not surprised by Sammy’s speech. I think we had enough as players. A lot of people don’t understand what we go through as players dealing with our board,” said Bravo.”It is the most unprofessional board in the world, and I think Sammy spoke from his heart.”last_img read more

Huskies top Panthers, stay undefeated in Big 5

first_imgFortuna boys soccer tamed the Panthers, beating Mckinleyville 4-0 at Mckinleyville High School Wednesday evening to stay atop of the Big 5 Conference.Fortuna (3-0, 8-1-1) started fast, scoring a goal in the fifth minute. A quick through ball by the Huskies’ Jesse Herrera put Oliver Herrera on goal where he placed a well-timed shot past McKinleyville’s keeper.Fortuna maintained its early pressure and held the majority of the time-of-possession in the opening 10 minutes. Mckinleyville (0-2, …last_img read more

Warriors’ Andre Iguodala ‘absolutely’ believes Mark Jackson has been blackballed by NBA

first_imgThe basketball court isn’t the only place where Andre Iguodala is a straight shooter. On Tuesday, appearing on ESPN’s “The Breakfast Club” to discuss his newly released book “The Sixth Man” he said he believes former Warriors coach Mark Jackson has been blackballed by the NBA.“I do,” he said. “Yes. Absolutely.”Iguodala joined the Warriors for the 2013-14 season in Jackson’s third, and final, season as the team’s coach.“He was one of my favorite coaches of all time,” Iguodala said. “It was …last_img read more

Ageless Frank Gore bound for Buffalo and 15th NFL season, but intends to retire a 49er

first_imgAnother year, another training camp, another NFL season for the indomitable Frank Gore.A 2005 draft choice of the 49ers, Gore doesn’t predate leather helmets. But he could tell his teammates about a time when helmet-to-helmet contact was just part of the game. He’s 36, three years older than Rams head coach Sean McVay.Gore doesn’t know when he’ll retire. But he knows where, and isn’t shy about his post-football plans.“I’m going to be a Niner, you know,” Gore told Florida’s Sun-Sentinel last …last_img read more

Relaxing Port Elizabeth

first_imgPort Elizabeth is the city of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. Within the metro limits there are lovely walks, some fantastic mountain bike trails, pretty good surfing, fantastic sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, and great diving.The beach front opposite the Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth. The Boardwalk has a whole host of fashionable shops and several coffee shops and restaurants, as well as a casino. (Image: Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism)Brand South Africa reporterOften overlooked by travellers in search of glitz and glamour, Port Elizabeth is probably South Africa’s best-kept secret. Fantastic weather and an enormous range of attractions make it a great place for a totally relaxing stay.The beaches range from crowded, social and developed to long and deserted. Lovely old buildings reflect PE’s past as an integral part of the development of the Eastern Cape and South Africa, and a host of cultural activities will offer you an insight into the lives of other people.Some of the attractions seem a tad, well, gloomy, but are actually very interesting. A visit to the cell in which Black Consciousness activist and freedom struggle martyr Steve Biko was held before his death is certainly an eye-opener, and graveyard and ghost tours are really far more positive than they may sound.Port Elizabeth is a significant industrial centre, with much emphasis on the motor manufacturing industry, so it’s quite appropriate that it has the country’s most impressive motor museum.For an innovative shopping experience close to the beach, the Boardwalk has a whole host of fashionable shops and some wonderful coffee shops and restaurants, as well as a casino. It’s an open-air space as opposed to a mall, and a semi-natural water feature winds through the complex, which seems to please a range of birds as well as shoppers.Port Elizabeth is a great place to base yourself for a while, as it is so close to many other wonderful destinations. You could do day trips to Addo Elephant National Park, Shamwari, the Baviaanskloof, Port Alfred, Jeffreys Bay or Grahamstown. Within the metro limits there are lovely walks, some fantastic mountain bike trails, pretty good surfing, fantastic sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, and great diving.You could even dive in the predator tank of the Bayworld aquarium. There are some excellent golf courses, most notably Humewood, which is the only true links course in South Africa.Source: South African TourismWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Dyson: Big Data-Driven Thought Control Is Here

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Big Data#George Dyson#predictive analytics Related Posts Big Data not only has the potential to measure and anticipate human behavior. It also is dangerously close to helping businesses and governments understand our thoughts, both what we’re thinking now and what we may think in the future. And take action accordingly.Thus spake George Dyson, science historian and author of Turing’s Cathedral. While Dyson seems most concerned about the NSA’s use of Big Data to predict terrorist actions, the implications of his analysis have far wider implications:The ultimate goal of signals intelligence and analysis is to learn not only what is being said, and what is being done, but what is being thought. With the proliferation of search engines that directly track the links between individual human minds and the words, images, and ideas that both characterize and increasingly constitute their thoughts, this goal appears within reach at last.It’s not that a machine can understand exactly what we’re thinking at any given point in time. It doesn’t have to. As Dyson explains, “A reasonable guess at what you are thinking is good enough.”Predicting The Future With MetadataImportantly, such guesses derive from the very metadata that the NSA has tried to discount. “It’s only metadata,” says the NSA. But as Dyson highlights, it’s the metadata that matters most: “If Google has taught us anything, it is that if you simply capture enough links, over time, you can establish meaning, follow ideas, and reconstruct someone’s thoughts.” Alex Pentland, one of the world’s foremost data scientists, explains this in more detail, arguing:[T]he power of Big Data is that it is information about people’s behavior instead of information about their beliefs….What you put on Facebook is what you would like to tell people, edited according to the standards of the day. Who you actually are is determined by where you spend time, and which things you buy. Big data is increasingly about real behavior, and by analyzing this sort of data, scientists can tell an enormous amount about you. For marketers, this is the stuff of fantasy, now increasingly real. For governments looking to squash dangerous behavior, it’s very real, as recent events with the NSA have demonstrated.From Behavioral Analysis To Thought ControlUnfortunately, we’re unlikely to be satisfied with a close approximation of someone’s current thoughts. We’re going to want to know what they will be thinking, so we can sell to them or, in the case of government, impede illegal activity.However, thought doesn’t always lead to action, and governments have traditionally been in the business of policing illegal actions. If we allow government to become equally interested in monitoring, anticipating and ultimately thwarting thoughts, as a society we will have lost. This is particularly true because so long as we can’t be completely certain that our assumptions and predictions are accurate, we will assuredly end up wrongly punishing actions.Scarier still, we will likely start to punish thoughts.While this (correctly) sounds Big Brother-ish, it’s actually worse than that. As Dyson posits, “No matter how much digital horsepower you have at your disposal, there is no systematic way to determine, in advance, what every given string of code is going to do except to let the codes run, and find out.”In other words, no matter how dangerous a thought appears, we can’t in advance know whether it will turn out to be dangerous in fact, or whether it’s simply something that appears wrong to us today but ultimately turns out to be beneficial.Causation, Not CorrelationAll of which is reason enough to be suspicious of the new fad to focus on correlation, not causation, in Big Data. The correlation argument tells us to stop bothering to understand our data and simply look for patterns, not worrying about why those patterns exist. But it turns out that “why?” is the most critical question to answer, because it’s only when people intervene to overrule dehumanized data that fair government policy and ethical marketing happen.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Matt Asaylast_img read more

Private Watson reports for duty as IBM provides cloud to U.S. Army

first_imgRelated Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… IBM announced on Wednesday that it has been awarded a two-year, nine-month contract to continue providing cloud services to the U.S. Army.The $135 million contract is a follow-up from the previous agreement IBM signed with the U.S. Army’s Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) in September 2012. Under the previous contract, IBM said it helped the Army save $15 million in operational costs, due to a managed service agreement.See also: IBM drops $200mm on new home for WatsonThe new contract adds cybersecurity and cognitive computing to the package. IBM will apply the risk management framework (RMF) used by the entire U.S. federal government, which replace legacy IT security standards.“Over the past four and a half years, LOGSA has benefitted from the business and technical advantages of the cloud,” said LOGSA Commander Col. John D. Kuenzli. “Now, we’re moving beyond infrastructure as-a-service and embracing both platform and software-as-a-service, adopting commercial cloud capabilities to further enhance Army readiness.”Keeping an eye on assetsIBM’s Watson platform will be deployed to predict when a vehicle needs maintenance and will use an analytics tool to view unstructured, structured, and sensor data of other Army assets.“The solution, part of the Watson IoT for Manufacturing and Industrial Products product suite, includes IBM Predictive Maintenance and Quality System, an integrated solution that monitors, analyzes, and reports on information gathered from devices and equipment and recommends maintenance procedures,” said IBM.“It also includes Watson Explorer, a cognitive exploration and content analysis platform that enables users to securely capture and analyze both structured and unstructured data. With the platform, the Army will look to extract enhanced insights from its vehicle data and recommend optimal repair methods and procedures. By combining tactical vehicle sensor and maintenance data, the Army better understands the health of its vehicles and can take proactive repair measures.”IBM has already tested Watson’s cognitive computing on 10 percent of the Army’s Stryker vehicle fleet. With the new contract, that percentage is set to increase. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#asset management#cloud computing#cognitive computing#IBM#Internet of Things#IoT#LOGSA#U.S. Army#Watson center_img David Curry Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Pucklast_img read more

Gibdock 1st Baleària Ferry Converted to LNG

first_imgzoomThe converted Nápoles alongside at Gibdock before reentering service with Baleària. Image Courtesy: Gibdock Baleària’s ferry Napoles has started operating using LNG as fuel following the completion of a major conversion project carried out by Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard.The 186-meter long Napoles, which has a capacity for 1,600 passengers and 1,430 lane meters of cargo, is the first of six ships that Baleària plans to convert to dual fuel operations to comply with International Maritime Organization (IMO) sulphur cap regulations.Gibdock has secured a contract to convert a second vessel, Sicilia, which is due to arrive at the yard later this year.Napoles arrived at Gibdock in mid-November 2018, with the yard already having pre-fabricated two LNG bunker fuel reception stations for later installation. The majority of subsequent work took place alongside the yard’s main repair wharf, with some elements of the LNG conversion undertaken in Gibdock’s Panamax size Dock No.1.The project included the installation of dual-fuel LNG and diesel engines produced by MAN Energy Solutions as well as a Wärtsilä tank for LNG storage.According to Gibdock, one of the key elements of the project was the modification of the MAN 9L 48/60-A main engines to 9L 51/60DFF, completed by MAN Primeserv. Extensive automation system and cabling work was also carried out by Gibdock.With this change in fuel, Nápoles is expected to reduce its CO2 emissions by 9,113.45 tons and NOx emissions by 871.37 tons a year as well as fully eliminate all sulphur and particle emissions, the ferry company earlier explained.After its departure, Napoles began working on a new passenger and Spanish freight route connecting Huelva and the Canary Islands.last_img read more

Parvo Virus Suspected on Grand Turk

first_img Related Items:#parvovirussuspectedinGT, #vaccinateyourpets Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 18, 2017 – Grand Turk – The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services (MOHAHS), Agriculture and Animal Health Services Division wishes to advise Grand Turk animal owners, that there appears to be an outbreak of Parvo virus on the Island of Grand Turk. This disease can be fatal to dogs especially puppies.Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that can produce a life-threatening illness.  The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog’s body, especially in the intestinal tract.  It also attacks the white blood cells.  When young animals are infected, the virus can damage the heart muscle leading to lifelong cardiac problem.   Symptoms of the virus are loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting and foul smelling often bloody diarrhea which can quickly lead to life threatening dehydration.This extremely contagious disease can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog’s feces.   The virus is very resistant, and survives in the environment for months.   It is common for unvaccinated dogs to become infected when exposed to the virus.Parvovirus is most harmful to puppies up to one year old and it is strongly recommended that they be vaccinated before exposing them to outside areas.   Older unvaccinated dogs are not severely affected by the virus but can still contract and shed it, thereby spreading it to different locations. The virus can exist in soil which has been the site of feces from infected dogs.It can be carried by shoes and walked into your yard where it can live in the soil for a very long time. Prevention methods include the disinfecting of your harder surfaces with the use of a strong solution of bleach.We are therefore recommending that pet owners have their animals:-Vaccinated as a preventative measure.Not move animals from suspected infected areas to other areas.Contact a veterinarian If symptoms are noticed, if  unsure or notice diarrheaDo not transport/ship dogs from Grand Turk to other islands without approval from the Department of Agriculture.Exercise caution when handling sick animals.The Department of Agriculture wishes to further advise the Grand Turk community that the veterinary team from Bark and Bliss Animal Wellness Centre on Providenciales will be in Grand Turk every Thursday to conduct test, vaccinations and treatments as necessary. These services will be provided at a cost.The veterinary team can be contacted at 649-232-2275 or the Department of Agriculture at 649-338-3881 or 338-3882.Press Release: TCIG#parvovirusinsuspectedinGT#vaccinateyourpets Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Georgia Opens First Phase of Cyber Center in Augusta

first_imgGeorgia this week celebrated the opening of the first of two facilities in Augusta that will make up the Georgia Cyber Center, a $100 million investment by the state intended to leverage the Army’s decision to relocate its Cyber Command headquarters to Fort Gordon. The center, which will provide workforce training through certificate programs and undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs, is a public-private collaboration with multiple universities and colleges, state agencies, Augusta, and other federal and local partners. The new facility was designed with the objective of integrating students and professionals in a close environment, reports Fifth Domain. “This visionary approach to cybersecurity underscores our commitment to encouraging innovation and developing a deep talent pool ready to establish Georgia as the safest state in the nation for today’s leaders in technology,” Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) said in a press release.Army Cyber Command’s move to Fort Gordon is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 and bring 1,500 active duty military, defense civilian and contract personnel jobs to the region.Illustration courtesy of Georgia Cyber Center Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more