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Taylor half-century lifts Thunder

first_imgPERTH, Australia, (CMC): West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor stroked her second half-century and went past 200 runs as she helped Sydney Thunder beat Deandra Dottin’s Perth Scorchers by 22 runs in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash here yesterday. Opting to bat first at the WACA, Thunder got up to 139 for three off their 20 overs before limiting Scorchers to 117 all out with five balls remaining in the innings, to win their first game in three outings. Taylor top-scored with 59 from 49 balls with seven fours and added 85 off 77 balls for the first wicket with Rachael Haynes, who scored 33 from 37 deliveries. When Haynes was run out by Dottin, Taylor added a further 28 for the second wicket with captain Alex Blackwell (26 not out) before finally perishing in the 17th over to fast bowler Katherine Brunt, who finished with two for 20 from her overs. Dottin went wicket-less from four overs of medium pace, which cost 34 runs. In reply, Scorchers got a cameo top-score of 25 off 20 balls from Dottin, but she was the only one to pass 20 as the innings declined badly. Scorchers were reeling at 21 for four in the fifth over when Dottin anchored a 34-run fourth-wicket stand with Chloe Piparo (19) to lift the innings. When Dottin, who struck three boundaries, was bowled by seamer Nicola Carey in the tenth over with the score on 55 for four, Scorchers steadily lost wickets as fast bowler Rene Farrell (2-17) and off-spinner Erin Osborne (2-24) made key strikes. Taylor claimed one for 23 from her four overs of off-spin. The Jamaican now has 237 runs from six innings at an average of 47.last_img read more

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Patterson refuses to apologise after PPP feasibility study surfaces

first_imgOne day after being accused of presenting untruthful statements to members in the National Assembly over infrastructural projects under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson made it clear that he will not apologise to Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali.This stance was reiterated during a press conference held on Thursday in the lower chambers of the Parliament, despite the PPP/C MP provided him with a physical copy of an in-house Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) feasibility study regarding the East Bank Demerara to East Coast Demerara bypass road.Patterson previously spoke on a number of projects valuing some US$608 millionPPP/C MP Irfaan Alithat were undertaken by the PPP/C where no feasibilities were conducted beforehand, adding that he would apologise if such documents were produced.This appeared not to be the case when media operatives queried if he would withdraw his declarations as he responded in the negative when asked directly if he would apologise. Patterson said he stands by the statement on US$608 million in projects while noting that did not know from where the East Bank (Diamond) to East Coast (Ogle) Road Link Project document surfaced. The study was conducted in 2014.“No, no… I have acknowledged it [the document]; you don’t just turn op and bring a study just like that but I don’t what to ascribe anything to anybody. I don’t do that,” the Minister stressed.Patterson however, added that the coalition Government commissioned its own study after coming into office, since some of the lands were sold prior to the PPP/C leaving office in May 2015.During his budget presentation on Wednesday, Patterson outlined a list of projects, which he claimed the previous Administration went ahead and undertook without conducting any feasibility study.However, at the end of Patterson’s 30-plus minute presentation, Ali, who is a former Housing Minister under the PPP/C Administration, had risen to the floor, and told the Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland, that a feasibility study was in fact donePublic Infrastructure Minister David Pattersonfor the Bypass Road project and that he was in possession of same.In fact, Patterson indicated that the document was on his mobile device.Ali had also shown the document to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs and offered to hand it over to the Public Infrastructure Minister which he did on Wednesday. After the fiery display between the two sides, the Speaker had noted that he was surprised at the turn of events as the session ended.During Thursday’s afternoon session, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira remarked that the reason for Government Ministers not easily locating documents is because they have no idea as to where to look as many of the technical specialists and key personnel were dismissed after the coalition came into power.The 2019 Budget Debates conclude today.last_img read more

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Dawson Creek RCMP investigate Canada Post mailbox damage and theft of mail

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek RCMP are investigating after 2 separate mischief complaints of mailbox damage and mail theft were received.Police are seeking for assistance from the public after being notified that two Canada Post standing mailboxes at two separate locations had been damaged and broken into. The mail that was inside had been stolen and is currently missing.If anyone has any information regarding the mischiefs and theft of mail is asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at (250)784-3700 or Crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.- Advertisement –last_img

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Salisbury Named MVC Women’s Soccer Defensive Player Of The Week

first_imgST. LOUIS – Junior Brooke Salisbury (Kearney, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s soccer team has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday, Aug. 23. Drake plays at UIC and Wisconsin on Aug. 26 and Aug. 28, respectively. The Bulldogs open their home slate at Cownie Soccer Complex on Sept. 2 against South Dakota. Print Friendly Version Salisbury has appeared in 35 career matches for the Bulldogs. This is the first MVC Defensive Player of the Week award for the junior midfielder.center_img Salisbury helped Drake edge North Dakota State, 1-0, in the first match of the 2016 season. The Bulldogs’ defense held the Bison to just nine shots, including just three shots on goal, as Salisbury played all ninety minutes of the match.last_img read more

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REVEALED: THE LETTER WHICH SHOWS LEISURE COMPANY PLANS TO CHARGE TO ACCESS LOCAL BEACH

first_imgTHIS is the letter which has infuriated residents of a Co Donegal village – confirmation of their worst fears that a local beach enjoyed by them for generations is to be privatised.It was unearthed by local woman Frances McCarry who has been campaigning with others to save Aghadachor Beach, Carrigart.T&G Developments has been working at the beach, constructing a holiday resort welcomed by all because of the jobs it will bring. But with access to the beach now restricted, it’s a step too far for many local people.The letter from MH Associates (Architects) advises of the proposed access plan to the Cuan Na Ri development.It clearly states there will be a fee for entering the beach – which will be accessed via a ‘reception’.“I am still waiting on official clarification if indeed the old Aughadahor Road Right of Way was ever extinguished,” Frances told Donegal Daily. “I cannot for the life of me understand why this is proving so difficult to answer.  Either the required legal procedures were carried out or they were not.  Due to the lack of response on this matter I suspect the old Aughadahor Road is indeed a public right of way and therefore should be reinstated immediately.“We also believe that the shoreline has been interfered with so we, the Committee, would like to know which department will be taking enforcement action in connection with this matter,” she said.“We urgently require the reinstatement of our right of way so the community can again access their local beach and so home and land owners can again access their properties via the Aughadahor Road.“Also we would remind you that planning permission was granted to properties in this area and the access road listed in their planning permission was the old Aughadahor Road.The campaigners have set up a facebook page below. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Aughadahor-Beach/651618501535314?ref=ts&fref=tsREVEALED: THE LETTER WHICH SHOWS LEISURE COMPANY PLANS TO CHARGE TO ACCESS LOCAL BEACH was last modified: November 15th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:beachCarrigartplanning rowrowlast_img read more

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RED TAPE AND CASH CUTS THREATEN FUTURE OF TIDY TOWN CHAMPS, WARN RESIDENTS

first_imgLETTERKENNY’S Tidy Towns success is already under threat due to cash cuts, residents have warnedA public meeting will tonight hear fears expressed that Letterkenny’s Tidy Towns success may be already be under threat from changes in the way that Residents Associations in the town are being funded.Spokesperson for the Letterkenny Residents Group, Tom Crossan told Donegal Daily last night: “Under the Town Council it was very easy for Residents Associations to get money to subsidise the cutting of grass and upkeep of their areas by just applying to councillors for an allocation from the members funds. “For a very modest amount, the council was able to support the very good work that Residents Associations do in their own areas.“But with the Town Council gone we are now finding that Residents Associations are having difficulties in accessing money from the County Council.“There’s a lot more red tape, with Residents Associations having to register with Revenue. Also the rules do not allow Residents Associations to use the money to cover grass-cutting costs, which is the major expenditure they face every year.“Most Residents Associations struggle to raise this money from voluntary donations as it is and now they will find it even harder. There is a real risk that in some areas people will just give up. This threatens the hard won success in the Tidy Towns. “I urge residents from all areas of Letterkenny to come to the meeting tonight where this will be one the issues we will be trying to resolve with the County Councillors.”Mr Crossan said the meeting will also in part be a celebration to acknowledge the contribution of Residents Associations and thank them for their hard work over the years, members of the Tidy Towns will bring the trophies to the meeting.The meeting takes place in the Station House Hotel at 8pm tonight (Tuesday 20th). RED TAPE AND CASH CUTS THREATEN FUTURE OF TIDY TOWN CHAMPS, WARN RESIDENTS was last modified: October 20th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:emergency meetingletterkennytidy townslast_img read more

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Gautrain steaming ahead

first_imgArtist’s impression of the sleek Gautrain.(Image: My Train) Gauteng MEC for Public Transport IgnatiusJacobs; Gauteng Premier MbhazimaShilowa; President Thabo Mbeki;Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo; andMinister of Transport Jeff Radebe witha model of the Gautrain.(Image: Gautrain)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s public rail transport system is undergoing an extensive revamp, and one of the most talked-about projects is the multi-billion-rand Gautrain Rapid Rail Link. The fast train will travel the 80 km distance between Pretoria and Johannesburg in less than 40 minutes, at a speed of 160 km per hour.The latest announcement from the Gautrain team is that a section of the route will become operational just in time for the Fifa World Cup, which kicks off on 11 June 2010 with the final taking place exactly a month later.Just two weeks before the long-awaited event, a stretch of the route between OR Tambo International Airport and the Sandton station, including two stations in between and the Midrand operations centre, will be opened. This constitutes the first phase of the development, according to the latest construction update on the Gautrain website.Construction of this phase is scheduled to last 45 months. This will be a crucial segment of the route in World Cup terms, as the majority of football fans visiting the country will enter through OR Tambo airport and disperse to their hotels and guesthouses.However, the second phase, also under construction at the moment, will take nine months longer and is only due for completion in 2011. This section includes the route from Sandton into Johannesburg central, and the Pretoria to Midrand portion of the network.Connecting citiesThe R20 billion (about $2.5 billion) Gautrain has two major branches, one running north/south between Johannesburg and Pretoria, and one running east/west between the business district of Sandton and OR Tambo International. Apart from the three main stations of Johannesburg, OR Tambo and Pretoria, there are another seven stations along the way. Three stations will be underground, four will be at ground level, and the remaining three will be elevated.Construction on the Gautrain began in September 2006. But the arrival of a custom-built tunnel-boring machine towards the end of 2007 has given extra impetus to work on the project. The 325-ton machine, nicknamed Imbokodo (Zulu, meaning rock), and its 560 tons of backup equipment, was commissioned and specially built over a 12-month period in Germany, at a cost of R300 million.Imbokodo is the stone that African women use to grind maize, but it also refers to the struggle song sung by 20 000 heroic women in August 1956 as they marched to the Union Buildings to protest against the apartheid pass laws of the time. “Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo” – “If you strike the women, you strike a rock”.The Gautrain will travel on the surface and over a number of viaducts – sections of track on multi-spanned bridges – for most of its journey but will descend underground for 15 km between the Marlboro and Johannesburg stations. Most of the tunnel excavation is done using traditional drilling and blasting as used on mines, except for a 3 km stretch of soft rock and waterlogged soil being tackled by Imbokodo.The tunnel-boring machine began work on the tunnel in the Rosebank section of the route, north of Johannesburg, in January 2008 and at the time of writing had already progressed about 1 190 metres underground. Not only does Imbokodo chew up the ground in front of it, but it also smoothly installs pre-cast sections of concrete behind it, which serve as the tunnel’s watertight lining.The machine, which requires 3.2 MW of power to drive it, has its own electricity substation.An economic boost to the regionMeanwhile, work continues above ground at all stations and on viaducts. The Gautrain project has drawn many comments, both positive and negative, and its cost remains a hot topic of conversation and debate. However, not only will the train alleviate pressure on the busy stretch of highway between Pretoria and Johannesburg by ferrying up to 120 000 passengers per year, but it has also alleviated a situation of poverty for many.Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa, speaking at the commissioning of the impressive tunnel-boring machine in December 2007, said, “We have created more than 5 400 direct jobs, with about 3 000 being historically disadvantaged people. It is estimated that the project will have sustained and/or created more than 29 400 direct, indirect and induced jobs by the end of the 2007/08 financial year.“Since construction commenced in September 2006, more than 100 women have been awarded learnerships and more than 3 300 unskilled staff and semi-skilled staff have attended training courses to improve their skills levels.”The presence of the Gautrain and its positive effect on South Africa’s long-neglected public transport system will also attract more business to the areas through which it passes, said the premier. The projected increase in Gauteng’s Gross Geographical Product, according to a Gautrain statement, is between 0.7% and 1%Additionally, travel between Johannesburg and OR Tambo, Africa’s busiest airport, will take on new levels of efficiency. Passengers will check their baggage in at Sandton station and be whisked in less than 15 minutes to a station beneath the airport terminal. This, too, is expected to impact positively on business.The high cost of transportMuch of the debate around Gautrain concerns the ever-increasing cost of the project. When it was first announced in 2000 the cost was reported as around R4 billion. Three years later it was reported as R7 billion, and in 2005 a figure of R20 billion was announced.However, in March 2008 in the National Assembly, Jeremy Cronin of the South African Communist Party expressed fears of an even more inflated figure of R35 billion, which was later revised to R29 billion. This has subsequently been denied by Gautrain management and, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe, the final cost of R25.2 billion is fixed.Construction updates are posted on a monthly basis on the Gautrain website for those interested in following its progress.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com. 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Why Nate Silver Won, And Why It Matters

first_imgPolitical pundits, mostly Republican, went into a frenzy when Nate Silver, a New York Times pollster and stats blogger, predicted that Barack Obama would win reelection.But Silver was right and the pundits were wrong – and the impact of this goes way beyond politics.Silver won because, um, science. As ReadWrite’s own Dan Rowinski noted,  Silver’s methodology is all based on data. He “takes deep data sets and applies logical analytical methods” to them. It’s all just numbers.Silver runs a blog called FiveThirtyEight, which is licensed by the Times. In 2008 he called the presidential election with incredible accuracy, getting 49 out of 50 states right. But this year he rolled a perfect score, 50 out of 50, even nailing the margins in many cases. His uncanny accuracy on this year’s election represents what Rowinski calls a victory of “logic over punditry.”In fact it’s bigger than that. Bear in mind that before turning his attention to politics in 2007 and 2008, Silver was using computer models to make predictions about baseball. What does it mean when some punk kid baseball nerd can just wade into politics and start kicking butt on all these long-time “experts” who have spent their entire lives covering politics?It means something big is happening. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#AI#Deep Blue#Nate Silver#politics#Watson dan lyons Man Versus MachineThis is about the triumph of machines and software over gut instinct. The age of voodoo is over. The era of talking about something as a “dark art” is done. In a world with big computers and big data, there are no dark arts.And thank God for that. One by one, computers and the people who know how to use them are knocking off these crazy notions about gut instinct and intuition that humans like to cling to. For far too long we’ve applied this kind of fuzzy thinking to everything, from silly stuff like sports to important stuff like medicine.Someday, and I hope it’s soon, we will enter the age of intelligent machines, when true artificial intellgence becomes a reality, and when we look back on the late 20th and early 21st century it will seem medieval in its simplicity and reliance on superstition.What most amazes me is the backlash and freak-out that occurs every time some “dark art” gets knocked over in a particular domain. Watch Moneyball (or read the book) and you’ll see the old guard (in that case, baseball scouts) grow furious as they realize that computers can do their job better than they can. (Of course it’s not computers; it’s people who know how to use computers.)We saw the same thing when IBM’s Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997. We saw it when Watson beat humans at Jeopardy.It’s happening in advertising, which used to be a dark art but is increasingly a computer-driven numbers game. It’s also happening in my business, the news media, prompting the same kind of furor as happened with the baseball scouts in Moneyball.Who wants to believe that machines can tell us which stories to write, or which stories people want to read? Who wants to believe that machines can actually write stories? But they do. Forbes, my former home, started running computer-generated stories earlier this year. BacklashEach time this happens, there’s always lots of sputtering and outrage. When you strip away the rhetoric, at the core is always the same fear – that machines will take away jobs from humans. Baseball scouts want to keep working. So do journalists and chess masters.So do pundits, but after this election it’s getting harder to see what role they should play.Why listen to Joe Scarborough and his crew on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show bloviate about who’s going to win and why, when Nate Silver and his computers can just give you the correct answer?Scarborough bet Silver $2,000 on the outcome of the election after accusing Silver of being an “ideologue” who was predicting an Obama win simply because that’s what Silver wanted to happen.Scarborough has lost a lot more than the two grand. He’s lost his reason for being, and he has taken a lot of others down with him.Scarborough, not Siliver, turns out to be the wishful-thinking ideologue. Nate Silver and his computers may not put Scarborough and his ilk out of business – there’s loads of airtime to fill, and windbags are still needed for that.But Silver has exposed those guys for what they are, which is propagandists and entertainers.And that’s fine. We still need entertainers. Computers haven’t learned to do that yet.For now, anyway. Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Nate Silver image by Randy Stewart. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Launching an IoT product in 3…2…1

first_imgFollow the Puck ReadWrite Sponsors Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… The promise of the IoT is making it extremely attractive for product companies looking to innovate, differentiate and create new revenue streams for their business. Building a connected product is certainly hard, but launching an IoT product and getting it to market can be even harder.The loT landscape today is complex and very noisy. Everyone is rushing to get a connected product (and in some cases any connected product) to market. I have seen some really ground-breaking IoT-enabled products hit the shelves this last year and others that I imagine will end up nothing more than a fad. Yet, even those products still create noise that can drown out the launch and sustainability of a truly great product.In addition to the mad rush of competition from other connected product companies, there is also broad competition from their unconnected counterparts. The IoT is still in the early-adopter stages and there are many consumers out there that don’t trust or see the value in an IoT connected product quite yet. We know, like similar technology revolutions, mass adoption isn’t far away, but we aren’t quite there yet.So how do you break through the noise and differentiate yourself?The best advice I give to product companies is to first ask yourself a couple of questions before even setting off to build your product:1.) Does my connected product add value to my customer (i.e. what does it offer that it’s unconnected and likely cheaper counterpart does not?)2.)Will my connected product add value to my business? Will it create new revenue streams?3.)How can I get the most out of the IoT for my business and my customers?If you can adequately answer these, you can help ensure you aren’t creating a connected product for a connected product’s sake, but actually introducing something to the market that your customers will want to buy.The next step is to make sure you have the resources to actually build a secure, reliable and scalable connected product. If not, find the right partner that can help you ensure the long-term success of the product.Of course, you can build the greatest product in the world and if no one knows about it, it won’t do you much good. The marketing and sales plan should be on the minds of the stakeholders before the project even gets funded. How are we going to get this out to the people? Having funding (whether crowd-sourced, VC-backed, or otherwise) doesn’t guarantee success. Money is always a key factor, but it cannot replace smart, creative sales and marketing campaigns. Invest in these aspects because while word-of-mouth may work for some, its success rate is uncertain at best.Other tips include:Leverage retail sales channels. Even the best advertising can’t beat consumers seeing your product on the shelves.Don’t underestimate the power of the media. They say “any press is good press.” I’m not so sure that is true, but being positively spotlighted by the right people can change your business overnight.Identify the best places to do promotions. Industry events are great for guerrilla marketing and other types of promotional activities. Identify the best and most impactful events and have a presence – even if it’s just a small one – at those shows. Industry shows are where the products of tomorrow are launched. Everyone from media and industry analysts to retail buyers, to consumers attend to scope out the new “must-have” products.The key for launching any product, but especially connected products, is exposure. Even with tight budgets marketing and sales can’t be ignored. For consumer products, there is no bigger opportunity for exposure than the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas every January. It’s crazy, large, and extremely noisy. CES has been the launching pad for everything from the VCR to the plasma TV. Because of its popularity, it can be hard for smaller companies to make a big splash – but not impossible. If you’re planning to attend CES this year or are interested in learning more on how to launch a connected product in general, I am hosting a webinar this week on September 8th along with ReadWrite’s Publisher Christopher Caen and Melissa Andresko from connected lighting manufacturer (and frequent CES exhibitor) Lutron to provide tips and tricks for connected product companies looking to get noticed. Register here.This article was produced in partnership with Xively by LogMeIn. Related Posts center_img Tags:#CES#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#retail#top#Xively Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

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Molestation case against BJP leader in Madhya Pradesh

first_imgPolice in Madhya Pradesh have registered a case against a BJP leader for allegedly molesting an acid attack survivor.Rajendra Namdeo was the vice-chairman of the Madhya Pradesh Rajya Silai Kala Mandal. He enjoyed the status of minister of state owing to the post. Taking serious view of the matter, the State government on Monday removed him from his post. The Hanumanganj police station registered the case of molestation against Namdeo, who hails from Maihar in Satna district, last night.In the complaint, the 25-year-old woman alleged that in November last year, Namdeo called her to a hotel room near the Bhopal railway station and tried to molest her but she managed to escape, said Additional Superintendent of Police Rajesh Singh Bhadauriya.“Police have booked him under relevant sections of the IPC. We are interrogating Namdeo,” he said. Namdeo hasn’t been arrested yet. Mr. Bhadauriya said the complainant was attacked with acid in Bhopal in 2016. The assailant was arrested and is in jail. She had approached Namdeo to get some work, he said.“We are verifying the complaint and also looking into why she took three months to lodge it,” he said.The order to remove Namdeo from his post was issued by Rajiv Nigam, deputy secretary, Urban Administration and Housing department. State BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chouhan also suspended Namdeo from the party for six months.last_img read more

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