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first_img13 June 2014 A stunning hat-trick between the 43rd and 48th minutes by South African drag-flick king Justin Reid-Ross helped the men in green and gold to an impressive 6-2 victory over Malaysia and a final placing of eleventh at the Hockey World Cup in The Hague on Thursday. Incredibly, South Africa had trailed 0-1 at half-time, but Reid-Ross’ three goals, plus goals from Lloyd Norris-Jones, captain Austin Smith and Pierre de Voux took Fabian Gregory’s men to a fine victory. Firhan Ashari netted in the first half for the Malaysians, while a superb Shahrun Abdulla shot 49 seconds from the final whistle made the final score a little better for the Asian side.Deadly penalty corners Reid-Ross, who had an inspired match, both on attack and in defence, sent the ball whistling past hapless Malaysia goalkeeper Kumar Subramiam from the penalty spot in the 43rd minute, then delivered a drag-flick at a fearsome speed that nearly took the keeper’s head off two minutes later before nailing down another penalty corner in the 48th minute that threatened to break the back of the net. South Africa’s fourth goal was fittingly scored by the fleet-footed Norris-Jones, who took advantage of Smith’s slide-rule through-pass, and broke into the 23-metre area before entering the strike zone and smashing the ball past an advancing Subramiam. The Malaysian net-minder enjoyed a decent tournament, but in the playoff contest the South Africans got on top of him. In the face of extreme pressure, caused by a clumsy defence whose members too often used their bodies to bump the South Africans off the ball, Subramiam was made to struggle.Pressure The numerous penalty corners the South African strikers were able to win in the second half reflected the pressure the front-runners put the Malaysian defence under after the changeover, with the match taking a dramatic turn in the South Africa’s favour. To add insult to injury, Smith also nailed down a superb penalty corner drag-flick goal in the 64th minute, while striker De Voux completed the rout one minute from the final whistle. Yet the first half reflected much of South Africa’s woes in their Group matches, with the team’s lack of cohesion after being able to spend only two weeks together before the tournament being the players’ biggest problem.History World number 12 South Africa and world number 13 Malaysia have a history of close tussles in recent years and the full-time professional, well-paid Malaysians enjoy a national programme, while the men in green and gold have no such advantages. Rassie Pieterse, in the goals, was instrumental in keeping South Africa in the game when things weren’t going their way, but there was little he could do in the 26th minute when Malaysia forward Firhan Ashari exhibited excellent close control to evade defenders in the strike zone and slip the ball past the goalie. With five minutes to the break, Fitri Saari forced a penalty corner and Pieterse was on hand to make an acrobatic stick-save out to his right. Defender Rhett Halkett also had a very good game, and not just as a stopper of attacks. Several of his passes created chances for his team-mates, while South African midfielder and vice-captain Wade Paton, a player who does the unfashionable hard graft that allows others to shine, drew praise from head coach Fabian Gregory for soldiering on during the tournament despite a debilitating injury.Women’s playoff match Meanwhile, the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team will meet an old foe when they take on world number nine Japan in the playoff for ninth place at 10:00 on Friday. The Japanese women somewhat controversially edged South Africa, also in the playoff for ninth place, at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the girls in green and gold will be determined to turn the tables this time round and end World Cup 2014 on a high, particularly as the Investec Cup looms in London mid-July, to be followed by the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow towards the end of next August. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgTags:#AT&T#critical infrastructure#cybersecurity#IBM#Microsoft#Oracle#telecommunications#terrorists#verizon Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts The technology industry has been excluded from the government’s definition of what constitutes the nation’s critical infrastructure, giving them a free pass from regulations. While this may be good for IT businesses, telecom companies like AT&T and Verizon Communications are crying foul.Information technology is crucial to business, and according to these telecom companies, IT is just as important in securing power plants, telecommunications and water filtration systems. Which is why they want IT companies to be listed as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure, something IT vendors are resisting because they don’t want to be saddled with more government regulation.The very political situation raises many questions, and has few answers.Obama’s Executive OrderCurrently, IT – think companies like Microsoft, IBM, Apple, Oracle, Cisco and more – is excluded from the government’s definition of critical infrastructure, as defined by President Obama in an executive order issued last month. In directing the Secretary of Homeland Security to identify critical infrastructure at the greatest risk of attack, the order says the Secretary “shall not identify any commercial information technology products or consumer information technology services under this section.”This exclusion, the result of heavy lobbying by the IT industry, is not sitting well with telecom companies, such as AT&T and Verizon. They believe technology vendors are as important as the network operator in building adequate security to fend off cyberattacks from terrorists.“The Internet ecosystem is far more interconnected and dependent on a host of players than it was even five years ago,” a Verizon spokesman said.Fighting RegulationsWhile the government battles terrorism, telecom and IT companies are trying to fend off regulations. The executive order sets the groundwork for cybersecurity legislation from Congress. So far, the IT industry has been excused, and the telecom industry wants it to share whatever regulatory burden results from current negotiations between the White House and Congress.“The telecom community is concerned the tech industry is going to get a free pass here,” David Kaut, a Washington analyst with Stifel Nicolaus & Co. told Bloomberg. “You have an ecosystem and only the network guys are going to get submitted to government scrutiny.”Telecom companies have a point when it comes to critical infrastructure. Hackers who break into the Windows computer of a telecommunications company could wind their way into control systems and shutdown wireless or landline service for hundreds of thousands of people. But is regulating IT security directly the best way to prevent such a breach? I don’t believe so.Instead of more regulations, the government should focus on requirements for companies directly involved with maintaining the nation’s critical infrastructure. As IT customers, these companies, which include utilities, financial institutions, defense contractors and manufacturers, are in a much better position to get the security they need built into the products they agree to buy. If an IT company such as Microsoft, Oracle or IBM cannot meet the requirements, than another one will.“Commercial products and services often are the weakest link, but regulating them directly means imposing costs that many users won’t be able to shoulder,” Stewart Baker, a partner at law firm Steptoe & Johnson and a former assistant secretary for policy at DHS, said. “So you end up imposing costs on everyone to protect a portion of the economy.”Political TalksThis issue is sure to come up during negotiations underway between the White House and congressmen supporting a cybersecurity bill introduced in the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. The bill emphasizes sharing threat information between businesses and government, while the Obama administration also wants minimum security standards set for the most critical companies.For telecom companies to get what they want, they will have to convince the Republican majority in the House, which adamantly opposes more government regulation, to broaden the cybersecurity bill to include the IT industry. That’s unlikely, so telecom and other critical infrastructure companies should be prepared to take full responsibility for securing their systems.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair antone gonsalves Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next RELATED STORYKaya FC’s U-12 unit goes 2-0 in int’l youth football tiltPhoto courtesy of Paco Guerrero Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses McGregor vows fast finish against Mayweather MOST READ View commentscenter_img Photo courtesy of Paco GuerreroKaya Futbol Club (FC) Academy Under-12 has advanced to the last 32 stages of the Gothia Cup in Shenyang, China.Kaya FC, the last remaining Filipino team in the competition, topped their group after beating Dong Sheng Erxiao, 2-0, and amassing the perfect 9 points, scoring on 17 goals and giving up none.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kaya would next faceTaiwanese team Xinzhu Academy Taipei.“It was a good experience playing teams from around the world. We are happy to represent the Philippines and show the world we can play good football,” team captain Enzo Courbet said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We mustn’t be overconfident going into the knockout stages,” he added.Gothia Cup, which originated in Sweden in 1975, is considered the biggest youth football tournament in the world. Its staging in Asia, which is considered the second biggest in the world, was first held in Shenyang, China last year. IDL Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

first_imgArsenal aim to close Denis Suarez deal with Barcelona on Mondayby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hope to close a deal for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez on Monday.The 25-year-old is surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp, and is believed to be keen on a move to join the Gunners this month.According to Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira, Emery will push for a deal that included an option to buy at the end of the season.He tweeted: “Arsenal is continuing to talk with Barcelona for Denis Suarez (agreement with Sanllehi).”Unai Emery has offered a transfer on loan with option to buy. Blaugrana prefers a permanent deal.”Monday there will be new contacts between Gunners and Barca.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgBarbara and Frank Sinatra founded the Frank Sinatra Starkey Hearing Foundation Celebrity Invitational in 1988 to raise funds for the young Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA.Frank gathered his golfing pals for a fun-filled weekend of golf and entertainment in support of the Center, and what was once called “Frank’s little party in the desert,” is now one of the most successful fundraising events of its kind.The 25th Frank Sinatra Starkey Hearing Foundation Celebrity Invitational, February 21-23, 2013, will be held at the acclaimed par 72 Eagle Falls Golf Course and the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.The renowned two day celebrity-amateur golf tournament, three nights of dinner parties with entertainment, and a spectacular luncheon and fashion show are dedicated to the memory and music of Frank Sinatra. Golf legend Ken Venturi, one of Frank Sinatra’s best friends, will co-host the event with Barbara Sinatra. Frankie Valli will headline the Saturday night Gala.Over the years, the tournament has been supported by top entertainers and athletes, including Dean Martin, Tommy Lasorda, Liza Minelli, Sammy Davis, Jr., Robert Wagner, Jill St. John, Angie Dickenson, Shirley MacLaine, Kevin Sorbo, Tom Selleck, Elke Sommer, Tom Flores, and Chad Everett. Long-time Sinatra friend and Children’s Center supporter Dick Van Dyke is the Honorary Spokesman for the tournament. Another friend of the Center and Invitational, Joe Mantegna, star of the hit television show Criminal Minds, has often said there is a very short list of things that he wouldn’t do for Barbara Sinatra. (Coincidentally, Mantegna played Dean Martin in the Emmy Award-winning HBO television movie The Rat Pack.)The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center’s mission is to provide counseling for young victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and to focus on prevention, community education and breaking the generational cycle of abuse. Barbara Sinatra is quick to thank supporters of the Frank Sinatra Starkey Hearing Foundation Celebrity Invitational, and is proud to say, “The children who come to us for help continue to receive the therapy they need and deserve – no child is turned away due to a family’s inability to pay.”Find out more here.last_img read more

Warren Buffett has a great investment track record. So perhaps it’s no accident that he declined to offer $1 billion for correctly predicting the outcome of all World Cup knockout stage games, as he did for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament games.The odds of winning Buffett’s NCAA challenge were about one in 7.4 billion, assuming you chose the favorite in each game as selected by FiveThirtyEight’s NCAA model. But the odds of correctly filling out a 16-team knockout tournament such as the World Cup are much shorter.In fact, though there have been some thrilling matches in the knockout stage so far — six of 12 have gone to extra time and only two were decided by more than one goal — the favorite has advanced every time (at least as according to the FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup predictions).Here is the breakdown so far. The following table lists the win probability for the FiveThirtyEight favorite as of the day of the match, along with the cumulative probability of the model having called all knockout stages correctly up to that point in time.For instance, the probability of correctly identifying the winners in each of the first four knockout matches — Brazil over Chile, Colombia over Uruguay, the Netherlands over Mexico and Costa Rica over Greece — was about 23 percent, or one chance in 4.3. And the chance of going 12 for 12, as the FiveThirtyEight favorites have done so far, is just one in 75.It’s an upset, in other words, when all the favorites prevail. On average, we’d have expected three or four upsets through this point in the knockout round.Of course, there are four matches left — counting the World Cup’s third-place playoff between the two semifinal losers. According to the FiveThirtyEight forecasts, Brazil is favored over Germany on Tuesday (even after accounting for Neymar’s injury) and Argentina is slightly favored over the Netherlands on Wednesday. To complete a perfect knockout bracket, Germany would then need to beat the Netherlands in the consolation game while Brazil prevailed over Argentina in the final.All of the remaining matches look pretty close, so the FiveThirtyEight forecasts are likely to fail at some stage. If the model gets the matches right, however, it will have made good on a 1-in-553 chance of calling all 16 knockout stage winners correctly.Incidentally, this isn’t the huge success for the FiveThirtyEight model that it might seem. The FiveThirtyEight forecasts are probabilistic. Teams listed as 75 percent favorites are supposed to win about 75 percent of the time over the long run — not much less than that but also not any more often. There are supposed to be some upsets. If 75 percent favorites are winning 100 percent of the time over the long run instead, that means the forecasts are miscalibrated and overestimating the chances for the underdogs.In this case, the success of the favorites does seem to be mostly a matter of luck. Three games have gone to a penalty shootout so far — pre-match favorites might have a slight edge in those but not much of one. Mexico, meanwhile, was a few minutes away from defeating the Netherlands, and the U.S. was a few inches away from beating Belgium.The best way to test probabilistic forecasts is to check their calibration and to compare them against alternative probabilistic estimates. For example, if your model says that the U.S. has a 40 percent chance of beating Belgium and the consensus betting line gives the U.S. just a 25 percent chance instead, you should bet on the Americans — even though you expect Belgium to win most of the time. So far, the FiveThirtyEight forecasts have done well against consensus betting lines when used in this fashion — although that could reflect good luck, too. read more

first_imgIn October 2016, the Professional Teaching Practices Commission proposed twelve changes to the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Professional Teaching Practices Commision has added flirting, sexting, and inappropriate touching to the list of things that teachers are not allowed to do with students. The first changed went into effect back in September, including broadening what constitutes ‘sexual misconduct’ and expanding anti-discrimination policy to protect a student’s gender identity. Additional changes are still under review according to the Commision, including a proposal that would not allow for a teacher to get romantically involved with a student for one year after their graduation. Jim Seitz, executive director of the Professional Teaching Practices Commission, says “the state’s code of ethics had not been updated since 2005.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-school-code-of-ethics-changed.mp3VmJennifer-on-school-code-of-ethics-changed.mp300:00RPd The Commission made further revisions during their January 2017 meeting and then voted to accept all twelve proposals. The next commission meeting is set for January 29-31, 2018. The Professional Teaching Practices Commission is composed of five teachers, one superintendent, one principal, one representative of the Department of Education & Early Development, and one representative of higher education.last_img read more

first_imgAslan has over twenty years of experience researching religion and history. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, putting him the ranks of those other rabble-rousers, Horatio Alger and R.W. Emerson. Saying Reza Aslan, a known scholar of religion, shouldn’t write a book about Christianity because he’s Muslim is like saying Paul McCartney shouldn’t write a book about vocal harmonies because he’s a guitarist. [Did that make sense to you? No? Good.]Let’s be honest: No one really cares that Reza Aslan wrote a book about Jesus even though Aslan is a Muslim. Murdoch doesn’t care. Ailes doesn’t care. Lauren Green didn’t even care enough to read the second page of Aslan’s book where he notes his Islamic faith. And the bravado with which she goes after him is alarming, considering that she herself is a Christian who, as noted by Eric Hananoki at Media Matters, frequently reports on Islam.The people who care about the Aslan-writing-about-Jesus bit are those easily-manipulated, fear-mongering Americans, because FoxNews has told them to care, and it’s spent a decade building an empire that depends on a good chunk of its audience being afraid of Muslims.In an interview with John Oliver on The Daily Show, Aslan talked about who Jesus really was, in the context of his time: “… [he] stood up for the weak and the powerless, the outcast and dispossessed… [Jesus] went to the cross on behalf of these outcasts he was fighting for…”According to Aslan, Jesus was a rebel badass. And FoxNews can’t have you agree because FoxNews doesn’t make money if you agree. Jesus loved the underdogs so much, that he went to bat for every single one of them. It’s pretty hard to find controversy in a selfless Jesus, regardless of your religion. So instead, FoxNews switches the focus to the seemingly incongruous notion of a Muslim writing a book about Christianity. Otherwise, the network doesn’t have a story, its audience doesn’t have anything to get worked up about and the rest of the media has nothing to jump on.So is FoxNews’ crappy journalism a pretty genius marketing move? Only their ad team knows for sure. But given that Aslan’s book just hit number two on the New York Times bestseller list, I’d bet they’re happy to argue all the way to the bank. Here’s the thing with Lauren Green’s interview with Reza Aslan about his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth that aired on FoxNews.com, which you’ve absolutely seen passed around Buzzfeed and Facebook like a cheerleader’s slambook post-prom: It’s ‘gotcha’ journalism. It wasn’t meant to inform or engage (that is still the goal of journalism, right?). It wasn’t meant to be thought provoking or to inspire debate.FoxNews.com brought Reza Aslan on for an interview to boost ratings, period. He was asked that first question: “You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?” because it was incendiary. FoxNews knows who is not its audience as well as who is its audience, and if they’re not going to make money off you for clicking a story because you like them, then they may as well make money off you for clicking a story because you don’t like them. The network wanted a viral story, something with bite even if it had no teeth, because crazy press is bad journalism, and bad journalism equals good press, and all press leads to clicks, which leads to those sweet dollar bills, y’all. I mean, the first thing I thought was, “Craaaap… is Rupert really losing that much money?”last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Plans to convert a 68-acre portion of the former Naval Air Station Alameda, Calif., into a mixed development with homes, commercial space and parkland moved one step closer to being realized this week after Alameda’s Planning Board unanimously approved the proposal.The city council will take up the plan next month, when it also will consider the development agreement the city has struck with Alameda Point Partners for the parcel, reported the Alamedan.The city selected Alameda Point Partners after deciding to direct the project itself following two failed efforts led by master developers over the past decade.“We took the different approach,” said Jennifer Ott, the city’s chief operating officer for Alameda Point. “Because of that, we were able to streamline the public, community process,” Ott told the San Francisco Business Times.The developer’s plan calls for 800 townhomes and condominiums, a quarter of which will be affordable to lower income residents; 600,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, including a 125-room hotel; 15 acres of parks and open space; and a new ferry terminal in Seaplane Lagoon.Community advocates, business leaders and other members of the public who spoke at Monday’s board meeting overwhelmingly supported the project, saying it would provide much-needed housing and infrastructure to support economic development.Residents and elected officials have expressed concerns about increased traffic generated by the development in the past — a particular concern due to the Alameda’s island geography — but City Planner Andrew Thomas said officials would strive to reduce traffic impacts by requiring the developer to offer transit options and a high proportion of rental housing that attracts people who are less likely to drive.last_img read more